Exploration & Production

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta set to receive rail boost

Trains will be a cheaper option than trucks for supplying essentials such as sand and machinery to Argentina’s huge shale formation, experts say Trains will be a cheaper option than trucks for supplying essentials such as sand and machinery to Argentina’s huge shale formation, experts say.
By Chris Noon 29 March 2018 0 30212
A rig in Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale play. Drilling in the Vaca Muerta shale. (YPF)

Railways will be critical to the success of Argentina’s burgeoning Vaca Muerta shale formation, experts have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily. This is principally because train lines will allow essential heavy materials such as sand and machinery to be shipped into the formation more cheaply than trucks.

Argentina is preparing a tender for a $500 million train line that could supply the Vaca Muerta, Bloomberg reported last week. The North Patagonia Train line, being developed by state oil player YPF, would link towns...