Natural gas and oil in Argentina

Energy consumption in Argentina

The most important measure in the energy balance of Argentina is the total consumption of
121.00 billion kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 2,641 kWh.

Argentina could provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 132 bn kWh, which is 109% of the countries own usage. Despite this, Argentina is trading energy with foreign countries. Along with pure consumptions the production, imports and exports play an important role. Other energy sources such as natural gas or crude oil are also used.

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Energy Balance

per capita
per capita
Own consumption121.00 bn kWh2,641.42 kWh11,756.77 kWh
Production131.90 bn kWh2,879.36 kWh12,338.29 kWh
Import9.85 bn kWh215.05 kWh219.11 kWh
Export55.00 m kWh1.20 kWh29.21 kWh

100.0% of the country's population (as of 2020) has access to electricity.
Crude OilBarrel/dayArgentina
per capita
per capita
Production489,000.00 bbl0.011 bbl0.033 bbl
Import16,740.00 bbl0.000 bbl0.024 bbl
Export36,630.00 bbl0.001 bbl0.003 bbl

In 2018 there were still 2.16 bn barrels of recoverable but not yet used crude oil reserves in the currently known deposits of Argentina. Worldwide, there are still proved oil reserves totaling around 1,620 bn billion barrels. Argentina therefore has a share of 0.133% and ranks 32nd out of 98 countries with crude oil reserves.
Natural GasCubic metersArgentina
per capita
per capita
Own consumption49.04 bn m³1,070.54 m³2,312.79 m³
Production40.92 bn m³893.28 m³2,328.46 m³
Import9.83 bn m³214.50 m³259.57 m³
Export76.45 m m³1.67 m³270.27 m³

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2019
per capita
per capita
total168.10 m t3.74 t14.67 t

Development of CO2 emissions from 1960 to 2019 in million tons
See also: CO2 equivalents by country

Carbon footprint Argentina

Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants.

In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient unter clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourcetotal
in Argentina
in Argentina
per capita
in Argentina
per capita
Fossil fuels231.80 bn kWh69,0 %70,0 %5,060.23 kWh20,083.19 kWh
Nuclear power13.44 bn kWh4,0 %9,0 %293.35 kWh2,582.12 kWh
Water power80.63 bn kWh24,0 %7,0 %1,760.08 kWh2,008.32 kWh
Renewable energy10.08 bn kWh3,0 %14,0 %220.01 kWh4,016.64 kWh
Total production capacity335.95 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %7,333.66 kWh28,690.27 kWh
Actual total production131.90 bn kWh39.3 %43.0 %2,879.36 kWh12,338.29 kWh

Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energies include wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources. This means all energy sources that renew themselves within a short time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partly a renewable energy. This is certainly the case with river or tidal power plants. Otherwise, numerous dams or reservoirs also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their reservoirs at night and recovering energy from them during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since it is not possible to clearly determine the amount of generated energy, all energies from hydropower are displayed separately.

In 2019, renewable energies accounted for around 10.7 percent of actual total consumption in Argentina. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2019:

Renewable energy Argentina
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