25 Dec '12, 12pm

#9 Shale Oil: The Latest Insights

Vaca Muerta in Argentina, one of the largest discovered outside of the US. Its development cost is 250 billion USD over 10 years (with production potentially amounting to 200,000 b/d by 2020). The Repsol YPF section of the basin holds 22 billion barrels of oil equivalent of recoverable resources according to a Repsol YPF initiatied Ryder Scott assessment. At present development has been slowed by the nationalisation of Repsol YPF by the Argentinian government who took a majority share . Because the investment required is at minimum several billions YPF is trying to find big players who are willing to invest, including Chinese firms and Chevron. The Bazhenov Shale in Russia, has drawn interest from ExxonMobil and Statoil who have agreements in place for exploration and geological studies with Rosneft. The first exploratory drilling is to take place in 2013, and the licenses...

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