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Argentina to require operators to submit investment plans for approval

Argentina to require operators to submit investment plans for approval

Written by on July 30, 2012 in Gas, National Companies, Oil with 0 Comments

I read with interest in Upstream online that Argentina on Friday entered a decree in that country's official register to the effect that "Argentina will require oil and gas companies to submit investment plans for approval by a new oversight board or face fines or revocation of exploration concessions,". Interestingly, the body will not fall […]

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R&D the oil & gas key

R&D the oil & gas key

Written by on July 27, 2012 in Exploration, Gas, Oil, Shale, Unconventional with 2 Comments

Our civilisation is built on affordable and sustainable energy. In order to access that energy, companies that invest in R&D and manage the R&D process will be the likely winners of tomorrow. The shale revolution was enabled by advances in 3D seismic and directional drilling. The next "unconventional revolution" may be methane hydrates, ‘the ice […]

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Spanish version of Shale Gas Argentina now live

Spanish version of Shale Gas Argentina now live

Written by on July 18, 2012 in Gas, Shale, Unconventional with 0 Comments

We're delighted to announce that the Spanish version of the outstanding Shale Gas World Argentina programme is now available here. One of the highlights is this session: Panel: ¿Cómo pueden el gobierno y los operadores mejorar su trabajo en conjunto para desarrollar los recursos de shale de Argentina? ¿Cómo es un régimen regulatorio y de […]

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Shale Gas Business Confidence Survey results

Shale Gas Business Confidence Survey results

Written by on July 18, 2012 in Gas, Shale, Unconventional with 1 Comment

I was pleased to note some interesting early responses to our Shale Gas Business Confidence Survey (which you can take here). For instance, interesting to see that at the moment 65.6% of respondents feel that the Ukraine is widely viewed as "the eastern European country (aside from Poland) where there is there most likely to […]

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Can Argentina learn from Poland’s 40% tax on shale?

Can Argentina learn from Poland’s 40% tax on shale?

Can Argentina learn from Poland's 40% levy on shale concessions? According to the draft shale gas bill, the country would control some 40 percent of every Polish shale gas concession and also levy a tax of up to 40 percent on the explored gas – see the full report here. There's also a post from […]

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Vaca Muerta “an elephant” compared to Eagle Ford

Vaca Muerta “an elephant” compared to Eagle Ford

We notice with great interest the blog of Aleszu Bazak reporting on a recent shale gas conference in Neuquén City – the full post is here The key highlights as far as we're concerned are: "Vaca Muerta is going to be an elephant compared to Eagle Ford," "a lack of equipment, not financing, was holding […]

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Who are 4 of the most influential people in Argentina’s shale gas industry?

Who are 4 of the most influential people in Argentina’s shale gas industry?

In no particular order, we would highlight 1) Ing Daniel Cameron, Secretaria de Energia, Ministerio de Planificacion Federal Inversion Publica Y Servicios Daniel Omar Cameron is the National Secretary of Energy. Previously he was a Member of the Electric Federal Transport Trust Fund Administration Committee, Santa Cruz Province Representative and Committee Member of the Energy […]

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How will operators make shale gas a commercial reality in Argentina?

How will operators make shale gas a commercial reality in Argentina?

Written by on May 28, 2012 in Exploration, Gas, National Companies with 0 Comments

Argentina's significant shale gas reserves are well reported. The challenge of course is turning the reserves into a commercial reality. Here are four things that they can do: First, create as accurate a production forecast as possible regarding how much of the reserves are commercially viable. Second, accurately create a range of scenarios taking into […]

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Nabucco, a gas pipeline tragedy?

Nabucco, a gas pipeline tragedy?

Written by on May 21, 2012 in Gas with 0 Comments

I guess it was always going to go one of two ways, with a name like Nabucco. Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco (short for Nabucodonosor, in English Nebuchadnezzar) follows the plight of the Jewish people as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King. It may depend on whether your […]

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Bolivia national oil company creates gas (and oil) opportunities

Bolivia national oil company creates gas (and oil) opportunities

Written by on May 16, 2012 in Exploration, Gas, National Companies, Oil with 0 Comments

  One of the less well reported areas of opportunity in natural gas is in Bolivia. The country has recently boosted incentives for foreign oil companies and YPFB, Bolivia's national oil company, has recently announced it is seeking new contracts with Brazil's national oil company Petrobras, and promoting 15 oil exploration blocks. The exploration potential […]

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