Incahuasi Plant: defying geography to provide gas
Total in Bolivia and Incahuasi Project collaborators overcame Andean geographical challenges and built a gas treatment plant in the middle of the Guarani Territory.
Andean foothills, a major challenge
The diverse team´s synergy made it possible to construct amid the Andean Foothills, with pipelines seldom traveling over 40 degree slopes and transporting material through narrow dirt roads surrounded by precipices, facing major logistical difficulties. With the main city, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, laying five hours away, innovative solutions had to be created as to succeed with total security. Geoscientists and perforation teams had to work together to attain the gas reservoir at more than 5600 meters; project managers defy complex construction puzzles and IT experts connect them all.
A contribution to Bolivia´s economy
The 8 million cubic meters of gas per day that Incahuasi produces are crucial for Bolivia´s revenues. Hydrocarbon extracted from three gas wells and treated in the plant are sent through 160 km of pipelines to be distributed by the national oil company (YPFB) and meet the countries internal and external demand. Incahuasi adds 12% to Bolivian actual gas production, an important contribution that fulfills internal demand and contracts with neighboring Argentina and Brazil.