The "San Rafael" oil area will be auctioned again after contractual breaches



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In 2008, the government of Celso Jaque held a large oil contest in the two provincial basins, delivering several oil companies to different areas, although the most favored ones ended up being the state YPF.
Several of these areas remained for years in a "limbo" and the signed contracts were rescinded in infraction. Many of the proposals were reversed and in the last days the recession of two others occurred: Ñacuñán and San Rafael
After a litigation for breach of contract about a decade ago, finally an agreement could be reached and a final closure of the conflict would occur. The area will return to the province and may be offered on short notice.
As explained by the Directorate of Hydrocarbons, "these areas were awarded to Ketzal Kilwer in the tender organized in 2008 and subsequently transferred to YPF in 2011. Because it had no geological interest for the company, according to the Province, YPF chose to pay the values ​​not invested and thus leaving the areas vacant for other operators "
This concludes the normalization of oil contracts in the province, a process through which eight areas were reversed to bring them back into production. Now, the province can reassess the areas after the successful experience of other cases, such as The Parliaments in El Sosneado.

THE AREA IN QUESTION
It is an area located in the north and west of the department, which has some exploration work for just over 40 years.
The drilling of exploratory wells dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, some of which were not supported by seismic prospecting, especially those located in the Huayquerías area, due to the complexity of the relief.
The data of the time did not provide conclusive information, despite its exploratory interest, given the proximity to the discoveries made in the southern region of the Mendoza Norte productive complex.
The seismic works are confined to the "railway" region that connects the stations of Monte Comán, Guadales and Aristides Villanueva. The drilling performed in this region crossed sedimentary sequences similar to those of Mendoza Norte, with good petrophysical conditions but saturated with salt water. However, here again the information provided is inconclusive in that it insisted on investigating classical structures, leaving aside the stratigraphic closures. It can be said that it is a practically unexplored area in relation to its surface extension.

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