VACA MUERTA RISING: Creating a Family-Friendly Oilfield Boomtown

Source: JPT.
This worker training facility near Añelo is one of the projects supported by YPF to support balanced economic growth in this oilfield boom town.

Añelo is a small town in an arid, sparsely populated area with a new supermarket, police station, bank, skate park, hotel, and hospital.

In the past decade the population has roughly tripled to 7,000, and in 5 years, it is expected to nearly triple again to 20,000.

The catalyst for this boom is the development of the Vaca Muerta, an enormous unconventional oil formation that extends under the town.

As the town nearest to YPF’s office for this huge play, Añelo has recently attracted a cluster of service company offices, warehouses, and equipment yards on the edge of town. And more growth is expected as the national oil company scales up development.

For YPF, the goal is to turn the fast-growing town into a good place to live for workers and their families. But that is hardly a sure thing.

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VACA MUERTA RISING: Creating a Family-Friendly Oilfield Boomtown

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 February 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 2