TOTAL AUSTRAL operates the Carina and Aries fields, which are located in offshore Tierra del Fuego in the most southern region of Argentina. These fields are prolific gas producers and are being developed with a reduced number of wells with departures of up to 3.5 km at approximately 1000 m TVD.

This paper discusses the issues surrounding the TOTAL AUSTRAL Carina field development project and the innovative processes that were used to address these situations. Through careful planning,the processes selected to facilitate the completions were successful in achieving the project goals of the operator. These goals included not only the production of gas at relatively high rates from the shallow unconsolidated sand-stone reservoir at approximately 1000 m TVD but also minimization of impact to the environment.

To minimize cost and still accomplish the project goals, the wells were drilled from a single platform.

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