2018 Argentina bid round: Improving confidence through better understanding of basin development

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A paucity of previous exploration activity and sub-surface information in the frontier basins of
offshore Argentina represent a high-risk, high-reward exploration scenario. Minimising risk and
improving decision-making in such regions depends upon access to clear and timely information, and actionable insight into all the relevant geodynamic and geological forces in play. 

In the context of hydrocarbon exploration in Argentina, can we simply apply the knowledge gained from onshore activities and extrapolate this offshore? For example, is exploration success going to be achieved by searching for offshore extensions or equivalents of the Vaca Muerta, one of the world’s largest unconventional shale plays? Or is it imperative to develop basin models within the context of individual regions in order to realise exploration success? 

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