Vaca Muerta, the biggest shale play in Argentina, led a year-on-year increase in oil and natural gas production in 2018 in Neuquen, as more companies bet on the resources for growth in the southwestern province.
Argentina's state-run energy company YPF and Malaysia's Petronas agreed this week to invest US$ 2.3 billion in a shale oil project in Vaca Muerta, with a target of reaching 60,000 b/d of oil equivalent by 2022. The investment will be in La Amarga Chica, where the companies have been testing the shale oil potential since 2015 and have spent US$ 550 million to date in the process, YPF said in a statement.
A major US$ 31.9bn liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Canada has received the go-ahead from its partners. The project is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell, Malaysia's Petronas, PetroChina, Korea Gas Corporation, and Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation. It is the single largest private sector investment project in Canada's history.
Oil firms, including Norway’s Statoil, U.S.’ Anadarko Petroleum Corp, China’s CNOOC and Malaysia’s Petronas, have shown interest in Argentina’s auction this year of offshore blocks for exploration and production, the country’s energy minister said.
Argentina oil company YPF is courting Malaysia's Petronas as a possible partner to develop the promising Vaca Muerta shale, according to reports. YPF chief executive Miguel Galuccio was in Kuala Lumpur for a meeting on Wednesday with Petronas leader Tan Sri Dato Shamsul Azhar Abbas, the La Nacion newspaper reported.