Chevron Granted Shale Exploration Concession in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta

In the three-year pilot stage, Chevron plans to invest $65.7 million to drill, complete and commission five horizontal wells in the Vaca Muerta Shale formation. In addition, the oil major will invest $13 million in infrastructure.


The Argentine province of Neuquén granted U.S. oil company Chevron Corp. a new concession for shale exploitation in the Vaca Muerta formation, with a pilot stage investment of $78.7 million, the local government said in a statement on April 11.

The company obtained the concession as operator and holder of the 282.8-sq-km El Trapial Este block.

The Vaca Muerta shale formation, which is the size of Belgium, is the world’s fourth-largest shale oil reserve and the second largest for shale gas. Its development is key for Argentina to reverse its massive energy deficit at a time when it needs to preserve its scarce central bank international reserves.

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