Argentina champions producers that think big

Buenos Aires will handsomely reward companies with staying power, rather than those that uncover ‘new’ gas Buenos Aires will handsomely reward companies with staying power, rather than those that uncover ‘new’ gas.
By The Wildcat 25 July 2017 0 26906
Drilling in Vaca Muerta, Neuquén. (YPF)

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. But that is not the case with Argentina’s rewards for gas production – which are real, but devilishly complicated. 

A simple way of understanding the incentives is to see them as two eras. The age of strategic extravagance will end on 31 December 2017, giving way to one with more restraint. Buenos Aires will gradually reduce the scope and size of the rewards in coming years – and demand something in return. 

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