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Argentina agrees to compensate Repsol for YPF nationalization

Argentina has agreed in principle to compensate Spain’s Repsol for the nationalization of energy firm YPF.

Argentina seized YPF last year without paying anything. The Spanish company had been demanding $10.5 billion in compensation.

In Buenos Aires, Repsol, YPF and Mexico’s Pemex, which holds a stake in Repsol, said they had reached a process for determining compensation.

No other details were released.

The agreement must be ratified by Repsol during a board meeting on Wednesday.

Argentina has agreed in principle to compensate Spain's Repsol for the nationalization of energy firm YPF

Argentina has agreed in principle to compensate Spain’s Repsol for the nationalization of energy firm YPF

YPF produces about a third of Argentina’s oil and a quarter of its gas.

Argentina has some of the world’s largest reserves of shale oil and gas.

The authorities in Argentina had accused YPF of not investing enough to increase output from its oil fields. Repsol replied that it had invested $20 billion in the country.

Repsol and the investment firm Texas Yale Capital Corp sued Argentina and demanded that it makes an offer for the YPF stake.

The EU also had filed a suit against Argentina’s import restrictions at the World Trade Organization.

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