VACA MUERTA RISING: Building Unconventional Production From the Ground Up in Argentina

Source: Diego Levit, YPF.
Running casing in a well in the Vaca Muerta, where YPF is working to shorten the time between exploration and development.

What is unconventional exploration and production in Spanish? YPF goes with “no convencional.”

The translation, not conventional, is a literal description for the sort of ultratight reservoir rock in the Vaca Muerta, the huge formation that the Argentine oil company says can return the country to the ranks of energy-exporting nations.

Not conventional is also the essential mindset required to do something nobody else in the world has accomplished: develop a massive shale play outside the US and Canada.

The potential is there. The US Energy Information Administration ranks Argentina second in the world among unconventional formations for technically recoverable gas and fourth for oil.

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VACA MUERTA RISING: Building Unconventional Production From the Ground Up in Argentina

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 February 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 2