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Qatar taps into giant Argentinean shale reserve

Qatar taps into giant Argentinean shale reserve

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June 4 (UPI) -- Buying an equity stake in the Vaca Muerta shale natural gas basin in Argentina marks a debut in unconventional resources, Qatar Petroleum announced. The state-owned petroleum company in Qatar said it reached an agreement with U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil to take a 30 percent stake in its operations in Argentina. The arrangement gives Qatar Petroleum access to the Vaca Muerta shale basin, located onshore in the Neuquén basin in Argentina. "This is an important milestone, as it marks Qatar Petroleum's first investment in Argentina as well as its first significant international investment in unconventional oil and gas resources," Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, the company's president and CEO, said in a statement Sunday. Vaca Muerta is considered one of the best shale basins in...