Meetings took place on 25 and 27 September in the Moscow offices of Gazprom International with a delegation from the Argentinian state oil-and-gas company, YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales), headed up by the company's director of business development, Pablo Vera Pinto.
The Russian side at the negotiations was represented by: Yuri Skok (Gazprom International's CEO), Sergei Kanaukhov (adviser to the Company's managing director), Shakarbek Osmonov (head of Gazprom's representative office in Brazil), Valeriy Kombarov (deputy director-general of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz), along with representatives and specialists from other companies in the Gazprom group. Yuri Skok (Gazprom International's CEO), Sergei Kanaukhov (adviser to the Company's managing director), Shakarbek Osmonov (head of Gazprom's representative office in Brazil), Valeriy Kombarov (deputy director-general of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz), along with representatives and specialists from other companies in the Gazprom group.
Over several working sessions, the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to the potential areas for collaboration for the Russian and Argentinian companies in upstream and midstream projects. The particular issues examined were thus the prospects for developing a gas engine fuel market, the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), technologies for developing non-traditional energy resource deposits, and also the question of organising the training of Argentinian specialists under the auspices of Gazprom's training and scientific research centres.
On 26 September, the Argentinian guests visited the city of Kasimov in the Ryazan region, where they familiarised themselves with work at Gazprom UGS's facilities.
The Argentinian side highly appreciated the technological and scientific potential of the Gazprom group and expressed the hope to establish mutually beneficial cooperation in the oil-and-gas sector with a number of companies within the group.
During the meetings, detailed talks took place between the Argentinian delegation and Gazprom International's Managing Director, Valeriy Gulev, where the participants exchanged opinions regarding possible paths for cooperation and came to an agreement regarding the future development of work contacts.
The issues surrounding the organisation of supplying LNG to Argentina from the Gazprom group's portfolio and the development of scientific and technical collaboration were discussed on 4 September in Moscow by Gazprom head Alexey Miller, and Miguel Galuccio, YPF's COO.
In June 2012, at the G-20 summit in Mexico, a meeting took place between the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the head of the Argentinian republic, Cristina Kirchner, at which agreement was reached regarding the development of collaboration with the Russian company Gazprom.
Proven reserves of natural gas in Argentina currently amount to around 300 billion cubic metres, with 334.2 million tonnes of oil.
Production of natural gas in 2011 in the country amounted to 38.8 billion cubic metres, with 29.9 million tonnes of oil, against 46.5 billion cubic metres and 29.7 million tonnes per year, respectively, of domestic consumption.
The Argentinian national oil-and-gas company YPF is engaged in the exploration, transport and marketing of oil and natural gas.