Tight oil plays in Argentina: it's not only the Vaca Muerta

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In the context of a global slowdown in shale development, Argentina is as an outlier. It is one of the few places where shale activity has continued apace. This is primarily due to the government's policy to subsidise domestic oil prices, resulting in higher rates than the current Brent price. The focus on Vaca Muerta has overshadowed other unconventional plays that also hold oil potential: the Agrio and the Pozo D-129 formations.

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Table of contents

  • Argentinian crude prices underlie shale success
  • Advances in the Vaca Muerta – bringing down costs in Loma Campana
  • More oil atop the Vaca Muerta: the Agrio's resource potential
  • Comparing economics: different stages, different wells
  • Additional potential in Pozo D-129
  • YPF dominates tight oil acreage
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 5 images and tables including:


  • The Agrio and Vaca Muerta formations
  • Vaca Muerta vertical well economics
  • Agrio horizontal well economics
  • The Pozo D-129 Formation with hydrocarbon windows and YPF blocks
  • Unconventional liquids acreage by operator

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