The cost to drill wells at Argentina’s Vaca Muerta, site of the world’s second-biggest shale reserves, has dropped 20 percent this year, putting Chevron Corp. and its partners closer to meeting spending goals.
Drilling costs at the Loma Campana field in Vaca Muerta have declined to $11.2 million per well from $14 million in the last three months of 2015, Ali Moshiri, president for Latin America and Africa, said in an interview with Bloomberg News in Buenos Aires on Thursday. That’s putting the joint venture with YPF SA closer to its goal of drilling wells at less than $10 million, he said.
“There are a lot of companies watching Chevron and YPF in Argentina,” Moshiri said. “The performance of those wells are coming very close, very competitive to the United States.”