Incahuasi: Voyage to the Center of the Earth


Project type: Gas and condensates
Operator: Total (50%)
Partners: Tecpetrol de Argentina, Gazprom, YPFB Chaco
Start date: 2016

meters: depth of the Incahuasi field


Portrait d'un opérateur avec rig de forage ICS 3 en arrière plan

The Incahuasi gas field lies 5,600 meters below the surface of the Andean foothills in Bolivia. Developing a field in this rugged mountainous region is a huge technical challenge.

A real technical test on the steep inclines of the Andean foothills

Accessing a gas field buried at more than 5,600 meters beneath the Andean foothills is a huge technical challenge. To meet it, Total leverages all of its expertise, laying nearly 150 km of pipeline along a rugged route through steep hills with inclines that exceed 30°.

Worksite safety is our primary concern as we ensure the completion of this ambitious project. To this end, we have set up an on-site Health, Safety & Environment training center. Production has started in June 2019 and since then, Incahuasi’s four wells and treatment plant have produced 11 million cubic meters of gas and nearly 10,200 barrels of condensate per day.

Guaranteeing economic benefits for local residents


We have launched a proactive community program to maximize the project’s positive impact. Through the program, our team of liaison representatives has established a meaningful dialogue with local residents. We invite all community members to take part in selecting, implementing and assessing the social initiatives we support.

Our approach consists in fostering local sustainable development, with a particular focus on jobs and training. As a result, 63% of the 2,300 people currently working on the site live in the immediate area, demonstrating the significant economic benefit for the surrounding region.

We also took measures to fully cover all 150 km of pipeline used to transport the gas and condensates so as to limit our environmental impact as much as possible.


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