Changes to the Unconventional Gas Production Encouragement Program
Buenos Aires, January 31, 2019. Pampa Energía S.A. (‘Pampa’ or the ‘Company’; NYSE: PAM; ByMA: PAMP) informs that in relation with the Encouragement Program for the Investment in Development of Natural Gas Production from Unconventional Reservoirs Program issued by the former Ministry of Energy and Mining (‘MEyM’) Resolution No. 46/2017 as amended (the ‘Program’), yesterday in a meeting called by the Argentine State Secretariat of Energy, in which the gas producers affected by the Program, including Pampa, participated, it was informed that no new projects will be approved within the Program and the State Secretariat of Energy will evaluate a new encouragement scheme fostering the production of unconventional gas during the winter season.
In this sense, Pampa had requested to the State Secretariat of Energy to include within the Program the following exploitation projects, previously approved by the Provincial authorities:
(i) Rio Neuquén, filed on February 5, 2018, in which Pampa holds a 33.07% working interest;
(ii) El Mangrullo, filed on July 26, 2018, in which Pampa stands as operator and holds 100% working interest; and
(iii) Sierra Chata, filed on July 30, 2018, in which Pampa stands as operator and holds 45.55% working interest.
It is worth to highlight that as of today there is no Resolution or formal instruction issued by the State Secretariat of Energy, nor Pampa has been formally notified that the inclusion within the Program of the abovementioned projects were not approved. Notwithstanding, the Company is assessing the next steps and awaiting the guidelines for the new encouragement program during the winter season.
For further information, please contact:
Gustavo Mariani – CEO
Ricardo Torres – Vice-President
Mariano Batistella – Planning, Strategy and Affiliates Executive Director
Lida Wang – Investor Relations Officer
The Pampa Energía Building
Maipú 1, (C1084ABA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: +54 (11) 4344 6000