Argentina’s Neuquén Basin holds a wealth of tight gas and shale reservoirs, and companies are launching drilling programs to assess these resources. Explorers are targeting the thick and rich Vaca Muerta and Los Molles shales, two well-known, world-class source rocks that are receiving new attention. A discovery by Repsol YPF in the oil-prone portion of the Vaca Muerta could hold 150 million barrels of recoverable oil, and the company has already kicked off a major development project. Operators are also testing unconventional gas prospects in both shales, and in tight-gas sands.
In addition to its attractive geology, the Neuquén Basin has other attributes that favor unconventional development. It has a long history of oil and gas operations, is home to an established, thriving service sector, and has excellent access to markets.
What you will learn:
• Reservoir characteristics of the Neuquen’s unconventional targets
• Current operators and their activity
• An overview of Argentina’s fiscal regime
• Hurdles to unconventional development
About the speakers:
Laura Atkins, Director, Petroleum Research, Hart Energy
Laura Atkins has more than 20 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry starting as a petroleum engineer, then moving into management and international new business development. Prior to joining Hart Energy, she spent three years in Vienna, Austria working for OPEC as Senior Research Analyst for Energy Technology. She is the primary author of Hart’s Global Shale Gas Study, Global Heavy Crude Oil Outlook and the upcoming Global Shale Oil Study. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in international affairs from Harvard University.
Anish Kapadia, Senior Research Analyst, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. International, LLP
About the moderator:
Anish Kapadia is a Senior Research Analyst in London covering the European oil and gas sector. Prior to joining TPH in October 2010, Kapadia spent eight years as an analyst at the top-rated UBS oil and gas research team covering a combination of European integrateds, E&Ps and refiners. Kapadia was ranked as a top 10 European oil and gas analyst in 2010 the Thomson Reuters Extel survey. He holds a BSc from Imperial College London in Biochemistry and Management and is a CFA charterholder.
Ann Priestman, Editor, Unconventional Gas Center, Hart Energy
Ann Priestman is the editor of Hart Energy’s Unconventional Gas Center. She has a Master’s in Library Science and more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, including positions at Marathon Oil, IHS Inc. and Anschutz Corp. She also managed the Gas Technology Institute’s Information Center in Denver for six years. Priestman joined Hart Energy in 2008.