Argentina’s natural gas segment has been transformed by the Vaca Muerta shale formation and the country might well again become a net energy exporter.


The country is undergoing a massive natural gas infrastructure buildout in an attempt to make that the case. Vaca Muerta is the second largest shale gas resource on the planet, with an estimated 308 Tcf of dry, wet, and associated shale gas resources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 

Executives who spoke at the Latin America Energy Summit in Santiago, Chile, last week, estimated that the first phase of the Nestór Kirchner natural gas pipeline in Argentina is set to come online by late June or early July. It will stretch from the town of Tratayén in Neuquén province to Salliqueló in Buenos Aires...