Wednesday, January 9th 2013 - 05:02 UTC

Argentina rapidly changing oil/gas industry levies to attract foreign investment

Argentina unveiled a new system of export duties on oil shipments that will cut levies as the government seeks to attract investment to revive stagnant production. The change means energy companies will receive 70 dollars per barrel of exported oil, up from 42 previously. Argentina controls the price of oil exports in order to guarantee domestic supply.

Energy companies will receive 70 dollars for barrel of oil exported up from 42 dollars

Until now the state kept the difference between the international price for Argentine crude —currently between 80 and 90 dollars per barrel— and the reference price of 42. The reform means that the state will only retain the difference between the market prices and 70, meaning increased revenue for oil companies that export crude.

Energy analysts said the measure, which was published in the government's Official Gazette, will have the most benefit for Argentina's Pan American Energy (PAE).

PAE, in which Britain's BP holds a 60% stake, is Argentina’s biggest oil exporter, shipping 2.3 million cubic metres of crude between January and November 2012. Argentina only exports about 10% of its crude. France's Total and China's Sinopec will also benefit from the government's export duty overhaul.

President Cristina Fernández nationalized the country's largest energy company, YPF, last year and has made boosting production a top priority in a bid to stem rising imports. Analysts said the announcement was part of a series of measures aimed at luring investment, especially in the country's vast shale resources.

A US Department of Energy report shows Argentina holds more natural gas trapped in shale rock than in all of Europe — a 774-trillion-cubic-feet bounty that could transform the outlook for Western Hemisphere supply.

In November, the government said wellhead natural gas prices would rise to 7.50 dollars per million British Thermal Units (BTU) from about 5 per million BTU previously.

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1 LEPRecon (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:02 am Report abuse
Ah, so finally CFK has realised that the only way to make money out of the oil and gas industry is to allow the companies to sell at current market values, and that capping the price helps no one in the long run.

This maybe a case of too little, too late, and the Argentine public will feel the financial bite worst of all, with high inflation, high fuel bills leading to less disposible income, which will adversely affect the economy.

Not only that, but companies are still reluctant to invest in Argentine gas and oil because of the stealing Repsol shares of YPF, doesn't give these companies a warm fluffy feeling that Argentina would honour any agreements.

I mean why would it? Argentina doesn't seem to honour any agreements or treaties it has signed.
2 AzaUK (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:29 am Report abuse
don't do it lol. (the cake is a lie)
3 Zool (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 10:22 am Report abuse
Sure, the Country notorious for seizing foreign owned assets & refusing to compensate its owners wants those companies to come back & this time Cristina promises not to seize your Billions when she gets into financial trouble.
4 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 11:40 am Report abuse
“I promise I won't steal your assets, I just did it to that other guy because I 'had' to.”

3 Months Later...
“I took your assets because you're an Anti-Kirchnerist Pirate Vulture that didn't invest enough in our venture. So I 'had' to take your assets. It's a sovereign country, so I don't care what your courts say you vulture!”

Who wants to make dirt holes in the ground with botox face?
5 Anglotino (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
Sounds to me like all the talk of investment by foreign companies hasn't actually materialised. Just because Argentina has large reserves of any natural resource doesn't mean there isn't somewhere ekse where investing makes better sense.

Colombia is discovering more oil and other natural resources almost weekly. All untapped and with a business friendly government who won't seize any assets or lie about national statistics.

Seems multinationals are as gullible as the Argentine government was hoping.
6 yankeeboy (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
There is still the little issue of Int'l companies not being able to repatriate their profits. What good is making the money if you can't use it?

I can't see this lasting too much longer but Arg needs the U$ so we will see.
7 KFC de Pollo (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 04:14 pm Report abuse
could have done this years ago and not stolen ypf, but then again that wouldn't be as fascist
8 Simon68 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
7 KFC de Pollo (#)
Jan 09th, 2013 - 04:14 pm

If the stupid b*tch had done it a year ago and not stolen YPF from Repsol, Vaca Muerta would be starting to go into production with Repsol having put up the foreign investment!!!!!!

This is the result of keeping to the “relato”!!!!!!!!
9 Monkeymagic (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 06:26 pm Report abuse

Spot on.

Repsol were bent over a barrel and still trying to perform. Stupid bitch steals from them, and then realise the best she can get from anyone else is 28% worse return for anything.

Mad mad cow.
10 reality check (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 08:20 pm Report abuse
Suck them in, then change them again, obvious has the plastic nose on her face.
11 ChrisR (#) Jan 10th, 2013 - 07:45 pm Report abuse
TMBOA continues her two faced attempt at 'enticing' foreign investment.

I have only one thing to say: ha, ha, ha to the power googol!
12 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
'Argentina rapidly changing oil/gas industry levies to attract foreign investment' but manufactures blocks to stop o/g export. With blocks also on profits from o/g leaving the country, there must be HUGE profits in the game for any foreign o/g company wanting to participate, and huge gaps in the edifice of control for big monies to be 'lost' into foreign banks.

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