Governors Submit Hydrocarbons Proposal to Kirchner

The governors of Argentine provinces Mendoza, Chubut, Jujuy and Rio Negro have submitted to President Nestor Kirchner a proposal for the new hydrocarbons bill that would grant provinces more autonomy in the hydrocarbons sector, according to a government statement.

Kirchner has mandated that the proposal be ready for presentation to congress within 10 days, during which time it will be adjusted to "generate an agreement between the hydrocarbons producing provinces and the nation," energy secretary Daniel Cameron said.

"The intention [of the proposal] is to grant clarity and legal security to all parties directing tender processes in the provinces corresponding to E&P in the energy sector," Mendoza governor Julio Cobos said.

NEUQUEN PROVINCE

The governors represent the 10 provinces that make up Argentina's association of hydrocarbons-producing provinces (Ofephi).

Neuquen province, which produces 54% of Argentina's gas and 30% of its oil, is not part of the organization.

"The truth is I do not know what the position of Neuquen province's governor is," Cameron said.

Neuquen's public companies minister Alfredo Esteves previously referred to Ofephi as "a branch of the national energy ministry," according to a previous BNamericas report.

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