Argentina's Alvear subbasin may have unconventional oil

Juan Carlos Pucci Consulting geologist Buenos Aires Oil fields in Argentina's Cuyo basin, lying just north of the Neuquen basin, are concentrated in only about 5% of the basin's total areal extent of 42,640 sq km (Figs. 1 and 2). Commercial production in the Cuyo-Cacheuta basin began in 1932 with the Cacheuta-1 oil discovery well. However, since 1877 asphalt outcrops were exploited for domestic use. The Cacheuta subbasin is well known due to extensive exploration carried out by Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales and private companies. This article is a detailed discussion of the Alvear subbasin with an eye to the potential for unconventional hydrocarbons, which can be found at drilling dep...

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