Argentina Eyes Possible Start Of Vaca Muerta-Bahía Blanca Train Project In 2020

(Energy Analytics Institute, Aaron Simonsky, 12.May.2019) — Two train projects planned to connect Vaca Muerta with Bahía Blanca will most likely not start moving forward until 2020 due to a lack of public funds and disinterest from the private sector.

The proposed project would have capacity to transport 3.3 million tons per year of cement, pipes, sand and other products for use in the fracking process used to extract oil and gas from the Vaca Muerta formation and could cost around $780 million, online media Clarín reported 12 May 2019.

Originally, the plan was to have transport capacity that exceeded 4 million tons per year.

Some oil and gas companies interested in the project and offering to ship material include:

— YPF, 1.5 million tons

— Pan America, 300,000 tons

— Shell, 150,000 tons

— Pluspetrol, 115,000 tons

— Vista, 102,000 tons

— Total, 100,000 tons

— Pampa, 100,000 tons

— Chevron, 100,000 tons

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