Chris Noon

Latin America editor

Chris Noon has reported on international affairs, finance and the European power markets for Forbes, Oxford Analytica, HSBC and most recently ICIS Heren. While at ICIS, he wrote news and analysis on the European power, gas, carbon and coal markets, with special expertise in French, German, Central and Eastern European and Russian power.


Pecem is now Brazil’s busiest LNG terminal

Brazil’s arid northeast is on the brink of an energy crisis, with water levels at the region’s two main reservoirs only just above the minimum required for hydropower production.

20 November 2017
Itaipu dam in Brazil

LNG to rescue Brazil’s drought-hit northeast

Brazil is weaning itself off LNG, but one region needs the fuel more than ever: the semi-arid northeast.

17 November 2017
YPF oil tanks in Catriel, Argentina.

YPF should stop sweating over subsidies – analysts

YPF’s CFO was rattled by an apparent change in Argentina’s gas subsidy regime during a call last week, but experts say the executive should relax.

14 November 2017

Cheap US LNG could be Caribbean solution

The Caribbean is in a good position to take cheap US LNG. But the indebted region may struggle to convert from fuel oil.

13 November 2017
Pemex petrochemical plant in Veracruz

Mexico’s massive find is boost for flagging north

Mexico’s big onshore discovery could bring back the glory days to the country’s northern region – only this time it involves associated production.

7 November 2017

Argentina’s YPF sees unconventional revolution by 2022

Argentina’s state-run company was a 100% conventional producer in 2012. But a decade on, that figure could be just 44%.

30 October 2017
Operational rigs in Latin America targeting gas in September 2017

Gas drilling flat in Latin America in September

Gas-focused drilling was flat in Latin America last month.

27 October 2017
An FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt basin.

São Paulo academics claim close to pre-salt breakthrough

Progress in removing CO2 from gas, made by a Shell-funded organisation in São Paulo, could be massive news for Brazil’s pre-salt fields.

26 October 2017
Atlantic LNG, Trinidad.

No plain sailing for Colombia’s second LNG terminal

Foreign investors need to brush up on Colombian regulation before taking the plunge on the country’s Pacific LNG terminal, say officials.

24 October 2017

US LNG continues to head south

Latin American demand for US LNG has remained resilient, with Mexico accounting for around 27% of its neighbour’s exports so far in 2017.

23 October 2017
Chile’s GNL Mejillones LNG terminal.

Chile’s northern LNG terminal looks set for busy 2018

Chile’s northern terminal is expecting 50% more cargoes in 2018. Matias Vidal, commercial manager of GNL Mejillones, explains why.

20 October 2017
The Barcelona LNG terminal in Spain.

Enagás harbours big LNG marine fuel hopes

Spain wants to lead the way in LNG bunkering – just like it dominates Europe’s truck-loading business.

17 October 2017

Sinopec Argentina’s drilling sinks to a minimum

Sinopec Argentina appears to have given up on the country, drilling just 12 wells so far this year.

16 October 2017
Brazilian gas to power plant

Brazil’s big LNG-to-power plans are wobbling

A hyped LNG-to-power project in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul will be cancelled unless a last-minute rescue plan succeeds.

10 October 2017

‘Normal’ weather hits Brazilian LNG imports

Brazil is burning less gas amid healthy hydroelectric production, while domestic gas supply is ticking up.

9 October 2017
Shell's offshore Hibiscus platform.

Industry needs detail on Trinidad’s tax plans

Trinidad and Tobago’s government pledged bold measures for its struggling gas sector this week, but the industry is likely to be sceptical, experts warn.

5 October 2017

Bolivia-Argentina export tango continues

Bolivia appears to have under-exported gas to Argentina in August – and the deficit widened in September.

2 October 2017
A map of operational rigs in Latin America targeting gas in August 2017

Lat Am drilling falls as Argentina uses its existing wells

Gas-focused drilling in Latin America decreased during August

29 September 2017
The Eirik Raude rig

Tullow hopes for oil at Suriname’s Araku prospect

Tullow Oil is gearing up to drill the Araku prospect offshore Suriname, which dwarfs Ghana’s Jubilee field. There is just one risk – Tullow could strike gas.

26 September 2017

Argentina’s promised rewards hit by delay

Despite the backlog, Argentina is transferring public spending in the energy sector from consumers to producers.

25 September 2017

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