BUENOS AIRES -- Malaysian oil giant Petronas today signed a preliminary agreement with Argentinian firm YPF to invest in the giant gas and shale oil field at Vaca Muerta, a statement said.
Petronas has expressed interest in a shale oil field in Neuquen province at the foot of the Andes in western Argentina, said a statement from YPF, which was nationalized in 2012 at the expense of Repsol (IW 1000/49).
Argentina has launched a global drive for foreign investment in Vaca Muerta, seen as one of the most potentially lucrative fields in the world.
German firm Wintershall, U.S. giant Chevron (IW 500/2) and Chinese-Argentinian company Bridas have already announced more than $5 billion worth of investment seeking to exploit unconventional hydrocarbons at Vaca Muerta.
Argentina reported an energy deficit in 2013 of $8 billion and is keen to boost domestic production to limit imports.
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