Vaca Muerta: A Complete Guide
Vaca Muerta Overview
Neuquén Basin Essential Information
The first wells were drilled in the Neuquén Basin in 1918, with the primary producing formations being the Vaca Muerta, Agrio and Los Molles Formations.
What is the Vaca Muerta?
What Natural Resources are in the Vaca Muerta?
Vaca Muerta Oil Production
Vaca Muerta Concessions and Blocks
Concessions are divided further into blocks. 39 blocks have been explored or actively developed accounting for approximately 30% of the available acreage. These include Narambuena, Bajo del Choique-La Invernada, Los Toldos I Sur, Los Toldos II Oeste, Aguada Pichana, Sierras Blancas, Cruz de Lorena, Coiron Amargo Sur Oeste, San Roque, Rincón La Ceniza, Bajada de Añelo and La Escalonada.
Vaca Muerta Stratigraphy
Vaca Muerta Map
Historical and Emerging Targets in the Vaca Muerta
Vaca Muerta Rig Count
Vaca Muerta Oil and Gas Companies
Pipelines of the Vaca Muerta Basin
Cities of the Vaca Muerta
|Neuquén||231,198||49 square miles (128 km2)|
|Cutral Có||35,465||31 square miles (81 km2)|
|Centenario||32,928||106 square miles (274 km2)|
|Plottier||32,390||21 square miles (55 km2)|
|Zapala||32,097||175 square miles (452 km2)|
|San Martín de los Andes||23,519||50 square miles (129 km2)|
|Plaza Huincul||13,532||1.5 square miles (3.9 km2)|
|Chos Malal||13,092||34 square miles (88 km2)|
|Aluminé||4,862||18 square miles (46 km2)|
|Piedra del Águila||3,689||113 square miles (292 km2)|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Vaca Muerta shale?
Vaca Muerta shale is a continuous sedimentary formation in the Neuquén Basin containing the fourth largest reserves of shale oil and second largest reserves of shale gas in the world.
Who is producing in Vaca Muerta?
Argentina’s national oil company, Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), is the largest producer of oil and gas in the Vaca Muerta, with the vast potential of the formation attracting joint venture partners including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and many other leading energy companies.
Who is being hired to do the fracking in Vaca Muerta?
Much of the hydraulic fracturing operations are being conducted by YPF, however, growing well count requires increasing reliance on service providers to complete the shale play’s increasing number of horizontal wells.
Where is the Vaca Muerta in Argentina located?
The formation is part of the Neuquén Basin, which is located in Argentina’s western Neuquén and Mondoza provinces, and situated in northern Patagonia.
How many wells have been fracked in Vaca Muerta?
More than 500 wells have been drilled in the formation, with about 40% completed with hydraulic fracturing, as operators switched from vertical to horizontal wells in 2016.