IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 31 Oct 2014 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

FDI: Entry and ownership rule

On the 31 October 2014, the government of the Republic of Argentina approved a New Hydrocarbon Law. The novelties shall provide incentives for long-term foreign investment in the national oil and gas sector. 
 

National Bidding Process & Duration of Exploration Period
The old regionally fragmented bidding process was replaced by a single national tender process that applies to all oil-producing regions.
The previous ceiling of 5 exploration permits per company has been removed.
The new law extends exploitationperiods. Nevertheless, the length of extension is dependent on the type of resources: 35 years for unconventional resources; 30 years for offshore resources; and 25 years for onshore conventional resources. Concessionaires may further request multiple extensions up to a maximum period of 10 years.
 
Taxes
The new investment act allows concessionaires that invest more than $250 million over three years to sell specific portions of their production on international markets free from export taxes. Specifically, concessionaries shall be allowed to sell the following percentages of their production free of export taxes:

  • 20% for conventional exploitation;
  • 20% for unconventional exploitation; and
  • 60% for offshore drilling exploitation.

The New Hydrocarbon Law also introduces a uniform tax structure for production activities at national, provincial and municipal levels. Going forward, provincial governments may no longer impose new taxes or alter existing tax rates that affect new investments.
 
Royalties
The individual provincial government royalties were unified to a national rate of 12%. They may only be increased by up to 3% on each concession extension.
Furthermore, the federal government and the regional provinces are prohibited from awarding newly-created reserve areas to companies under their control.

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