Exploration & Production

Is the time right for Argentine shale?

An expert says that the lift-off of Argentina’s shale sector has always just been a matter of time – and explains why that time is now An expert says that the lift-off of Argentina’s shale sector has always just been a matter of time – and explains why that time is now.
By The Wildcat 27 February 2018 0 29753
A drilling rig in the Vaca Muerta formation. (YPF)

It has been noted before that Argentina’s unconventional history is a tight gas tale rather than a shale saga. Operators have been squeezing gas from the tight sands of northern Patagonia for nearly a decade, while leaving the shale resources largely untapped. 

The distinction may seem irrelevant to the average Argentine: a molecule of tight or shale gas is obviously the same, with the difference being in their source rocks and reservoir porosity and permeability. However, news that the shale sector is set to...