4th IEA Unconventional Gas Forum examines Latin America’s production prospects

21 April 2016

The 4th IEA Unconventional Gas Forum examined the prospects for unconventional gas in Argentina and Latin America, as well as best practice and social and environmental concerns, when it drew around 100 participants from Argentina and throughout the Americas as well as Asia and Europe to Buenos Aires on 21 April 2016.

Energy and Mines Minister Juan José Aranguren of Argentina opened the forum, which addressed the nature and extent of regional unconventional gas resources and debated policies to enable development. IEA Deputy Executive Director Paul Simons led the Agency’s delegation.

Co-hosted with the Argentinian Oil & Gas Institute (IAPG) and with the support of the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Argentina and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the invitation-only meeting was divided into four sessions. The first looked at the overall prospects for unconventional gas in a low gas-price environment; the second detailed the outlook for Argentina; the third examined social and environmental aspects; and the concluding session considered the potential implications of shale gas for regional energy use, trade and infrastructure.

Other speakers included industry, academic and non-governmental representatives as well as senior energy policy makers from Argentina and Mexico, the Energy Minister from the resource-rich Neuquen Province of Argentina, and senior representatives from Natural Resources Canada and from the US Departments of State and Energy. Also participating and substantially supporting the event was the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Gas and Oil.  

Created in the wake of the 2012 World Energy Outlook special report “Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas”, the IEA Unconventional Gas Forum helps governments share insights, with input from industry and other key stakeholders, on operational and regulatory best practices for increasing unconventional gas output. Last year, the forum took place in Chengdu, China; the 2014 meeting was in Calgary, Canada; and the inaugural event was at the IEA Headquarters in Paris.