Bloomberg: Argentina to Almost Triple Gas Purchase Price to Boost Drilling
Argentina will almost triple natural gas prices to producers to encourage conventional and shale drilling and stem declining output, according to a subsidy plan published in the official gazette.
The government will pay producers $7.50 per million British thermal units, the government said today in a resolution signed by deputy Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Domestic Trade secretary Guillermo Moreno. The average price paid to producers in 2011 was $2.50 per million Btu, gas-producing province Neuquen’s governor, Jorge Sapag, said in an e-mailed response to questions in September.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner nationalized energy producer YPF SA in April seeking to stop declining output and boost production. YPF’s gas production slid 2.3 percent in 2012 compared with the prior year, Chief Executive Officer Miguel Galuccio said yesterday in a speech from Chubut province. YPF’s gas production dropped 11 percent in 2011 when the Buenos Aires-based company was controlled by Spain’s Repsol SA. MORE