Argentina's YPF narrows focus to Vaca Muerta

By Chris Noon 2 June 2016
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Gas infrastructure in Neuquén, home of the Vaca Muerta shale formation. (Pan American Energy) Gas infrastructure in Neuquén, home of the Vaca Muerta shale formation. (Pan American Energy)

Argentine state-run giant YPF is planning to double down on exploration and production in the Vaca Muerta shale play in northern Patagonia while selling off its ageing conventional acreage, sources have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

The Argentine government has instructed YPF to prioritise unconventional exploration and divest conventional blocks with low production potential, a source close to Argentine Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren said on Wednesday.

Local media has reported YPF will seek to sell blocks in the province of Rio Negro, which is east of Argentina’s oil and gas production heartlands in Neuquén.

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