Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Vaca Muerta Shale - Argentina Oil Shale Discovery

November 9, 2011 - There was a huge oil discovery this week in Argentina in the Vaca Muerta Shale. The Vaca Muerta Shale is said to have some of the same characteristics as the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas. EOG Resources (EOG) recently provided an update on this formation play.

"Before I close out the oil play discussion, I'll mentioned timing regarding our Argentina Vaca Muerta shale play, where we have approximately 100,000 net acres. We'll start our first well in the first quarter 2012, though we should have some results by late 2012." "We've got a well planned in the first part of next year. And the section we're targeting there, we've got data that shows that it's relatively thick, about 900 feet thick, and it's got about 150 million barrels per section of oil in place. So it's certainly a world-class potential rock.

Earlier this week, Repsol YPF SA said they plan to produce 50,000 barrels of oil from the Vaca Muerta Shale starting in 2014-2015. YPF announced Monday the potential of 927 million barrels of unconventional oil in Argentina's Neuquen Province, where the Vaca Muerta shale is located.