WorldOil EIA: Growth in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale, tight gas production leads to LNG exports Argentina’s domestic natural gas production has been rising steadily in the past three years, largely because of increasing production from the Neuquén basin’s Vaca Muerta shale and tight gas play. Vessels sailing under the radar to ship Venezuelan crude to Cuba Stopping the flow of Venezuelan oil to its ally Cuba might prove harder than the U.S. expected. Mexico’s moratorium on oil auctions gives rival Brazil an edge Mexico’s moratorium on auctioning off its oil riches to foreign producers is giving a leg up to nearby rivals Brazil and Guyana. New managing director to head Wintershall Dea in Brazil Change at the top of Wintershall Dea in Brazil: Valerie Bosse is the new managing director of the Wintershall Dea Business Unit Brazil and is responsible for all previous Wintershall and DEA activities in the country. What’s new in exploration Rebound seen in new offshore exploration Okra Energy achieves production milestone for Peru’s first LNG facility Okra Energy marks a significant milestone with the production and delivery of more than three million gallons of LNG produced by its proprietary technology at its small-scale natural gas liquefaction facility, the first in Perú. Equinor, partners fully align interests in Carcará oil discovery in Brazilá-oil-discovery-in-brazil Equinor and Barra Energia have completed their transaction announced on July 4, 2018, whereby Equinor has acquired Barra's 10% interest in the BM-S-8 block in Brazil's Santos basin for a total consideration of $379 million. Rosneft project in the Solimões basin gets priority statusões-basin-gets-priority-status The government of the Brazilian state of Amazonas assigned the priority status to Rosneft’s project in the Solimões basin. Petrobrás makes biggest gas discovery in the Sergipe basin since 2006ás-makes-biggest-gas-discovery-in-the-sergipe-basin-since-2006 Petrobras has made its biggest discovery in the Sergipe since the pre-salt in 2006. Of six fields, it expects to extract 20 MMcmd of natural gas, equivalent to a third of the total Brazilian production. Libra Consortium takes FID on Mero-2 FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt Libra Consortium has announced the final investment decision to contract the Mero-2 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to be deployed at Mero field offshore Santos basin in Brazil.