Technical Conference – Jorge E. Ponce: “Vaca Muerta: The Journey has Just Begun”

JORGE E. PONCE presentation



“Vaca Muerta: The Journey has Just Begun”

Apart from the United States and Canada and to a lesser extent China, Argentina is the only country where unconventional shale type reservoirs are being developed with great success. The presentation begins with the global geopolitical context, going through certain characteristics of unconventional reservoirs to then introduce Vaca Muerta and what has been achieved to date, mainly dedicating a large part to showing the enabling technologies that have made these developments possible. Finally, it closes with an economic analysis of this type of project that, if not well understood, can be a technical success but an economic failure.

Mr. Jorge Ponce is currently Projects’ Coordinator at CAPEX S.A. where he oversees unconventional and conventional projects in Argentina. He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering and a post degree in Project Management, both from universities in Argentina.

With more than 30 years of experience, he previously worked for Wintershall, Apache, BP, Pan American Energy, Amoco and BJ Services in different positions.

With a strong background and experience in Completions and Stimulations, he has worked in other disciplines including drilling, cementing, production and well testing which allows him to integrate multiple disciplines for wells or field evaluations.

While working for BP in US, he wrote the completion and stimulation handbook for unconventional reservoirs. He has authored or coauthored several technical papers in national and international publications and in addition he is an active participant in industry tech-related events.

In 2013 he received the SPE South America and Caribbean Region award in Completions Optimization and Production.

In 2017 he was professor of the Integration Project subject for the postgraduate degree in Non-Conventional Reservoirs at ITBA.

At the end of 2018 he wrote “The Technologies that Conquered Unconventional Reservoirs” and recently he wrote and freely distribute an English-to-Spanish dictionary focused in the oil and gas industry which is in the process of being updated. Recently he has been involved in teaching completion and stimulation courses in conventional and unconventional reservoirs for international clients.