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Neuquén governor Sapag blasts 'petrol dollar'

The governor of the province of Neuquén, Jorge Sapag, has denied that he is in conflict with the national government, while criticising plans floated to introduce a preferential dollar rate for energy companies.

"We have to encourage local production. The national government has to take into account that a differential price would chase away 6 billion dollars of investment in Neuquén over 2014. There is no other province in this situation," the governor, whose province contains the Vaca Muerta shale fields, stated.

"What the operators do with the refiners and the government is their problem, but Neuquén is determined to see the exchange rate honoured."

Sapag, speaking to Neuquén newspaper La Mañana, affirmed that producers of petroleum products had informed him they had been contacted about the possibility of a "differential exchange rate of 6.83 pesos."

"I don't agree that the value of petroleum should be converted to pesos, because we receive our royalties in dollars in order to protect international credits," he added.
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