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NATURAL RESOURCES

Given Argentina’s vast territory it has a wide range of climates and biodiversity along with great resource wealth. These include glaciers and forests in the South, the Andes mountains to the West and desert landscape and jungles to the North.

Argentina is one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America in terms of natural resources:

  • 8th largest country in the world (2.8 million km2), with 53% of agricultural land.
  • Wide coastline (4,700 kms).
  • 8 prolific oil & gas basins (5 conventional, 3 unconventional, large offshore potential).
  • 2nd largest shale gas and 4th largest shale oil play in the world.
  • SOURCE: ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (USA)

  • Untapped metals and minerals reserves, including: silver/copper (7th largest in the world), lithium (4th), gold (9th) and potassium.
  • Optimal conditions for renewable energy (wind, solar).
  • 3rd largest wind reserve with exceptional conditions for renewable energy (wind, solar and biomass). About 70% of Argentina’s territory enjoys winds with an average speed of 6m/s or more, while in areas of Patagonia it can exceed 9m/s.
  • 2nd largest solar reserve in the planet. The Argentine Northwest is one of the world’s four places with the highest potential for solar power generation.

SELECTED COUNTRIES: WIND CAPACITY FACTORS

SOURCE: PROYECT PUBLIC DATA

SELECTED COUNTRIES: SOLAR CAPACITY FACTORS

SOURCE: PROYECT PUBLIC DATA

Other sectors with great potential include expansion of the forestry and pulp industry as well as advanced food industrialization.

The well-known ‘Humid Pampas’ with its high agriculture productivity (as a result of mild climate, abundant rainfall, rich soils, low fertilizer needs) has led Argentina to become a top food producer with large-scale agricultural and livestock industries.

SOURCE: USDA, MINISTERIO DE AGRICULTURA

Argentina stands out as:

  • World leader in food production per capita
  • 1st exporter of soybean flour and oil
  • 1st producer and exporter of lemons
  • 3rd exporter of soybeans
  • 4th exporter of corn and sunflower oil

ARGENTINA HAS VERY HIGH
AGRICULTURAL YIELD DESPITE LOW FERTILIZER USE

SOURCE: WORLD BANK 2015