The western edge of Argentina's Neuquén Basin is a much underexplored area having almost no seismic or wells. In 2011–2012 hyperspectral, magnetic and gravity, and geochemical data sets were acquired, processed, interpreted and integrated with existing data sets such as surface geologic and multispectral data and public cross-sections to generate individual and combined interpretations for five blocks. A set of 2-D profiles and a 3-D model were generated. The data sets were individually interpreted then integrated both manually and mathematically to generate a holistic interpretation from all of the data inclusive of the 2-D profiles and the 3-D model. Significant conclusions regarding the presence and location of hydrocarbon and mineral opportunities of the region were reached including recommended exploration well sites.
The Argentinian government estimated that the Neuquén Basin contains more than 250 trillion cubic feet (40 billion barrels of oil equivalent) of unconventional natural gas in both tight sands and shales. Although several seismic and non-seismic datasets have been acquired in the Neuquén Basin, the coverage is not uniform and no entity has previously integrated all of the available data into a single, cohesive interpretation.