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.
Work on the GasAndes Pipeline in the Argentine Andes

Argentina’s first Chilean exports to give modest rewards

The generous production subsidies paid out by Buenos Aires may wipe out Argentina’s profits from its initial gas exports to Chile.

31 July 2018

Brazilian LNG demand continues to slide

Healthy hydroelectric production has reduced gas-to-power demand in Brazil.

30 July 2018

Drilling for gas increases in Latin America in June

Gas-focused drilling increased in Latin America last month from the record lows seen in May.

27 July 2018
The Dolphin platform

Trinidad-Venezuela Dragón deal snags on price – sources

Venezuelan demands on price are holding up an agreement on gas exports to Trinidad, two sources close to the deal say.

26 July 2018
The Panama Canal at night.

China’s Latin LNG strategy focuses on Panama, not Peru

China is seeking to include Latin America and the Caribbean in its ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, but it may focus on Panama as it seeks to improve access to Atlantic Basin LNG.

24 July 2018

Currency woes threaten Argentina’s Vaca Muerta

The devaluation of the Argentine peso is not all bad news for shale producers, but they may soon feel a knock-on effect from the crisis.

23 July 2018
Production in Brazil’s pre-salt Tupi field. (Petrobras)

Has Brazil missed its chance on shale?

The director general of Brazil’s hydrocarbon agency sees a double standard in the country’s approaches to its pre-salt and shale resources.

16 July 2018
A pipeline in Brazil

Petrobras faces legal wrangle to clear way for TAG sale

Petrobras will push for a full Supreme Court vote on a legal decision that has frozen the company’s divestment plan, experts say.

12 July 2018
Mexico’s president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Mexico could complete contract audit by H2 2019

Mexico’s president-elect has pledged a full audit of E&P contracts that could be overseen by members of congress or energy ministry officials, according to a prominent lawyer.

10 July 2018

Brazil’s pre-salt output expands but problems remain

The pre-salt sector has grown rapidly in the past two years. However, state-run Petrobras is still re-injecting huge volumes of the CO2-rich gas.

9 July 2018
President-elect Andrés Manual López Obrador in a meeting with current President Enrique Peña Nieto .

Mexican oil and gas contracts safe under new president

The threat to Mexico’s private sector from President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador could be overstated, a former senior official tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

4 July 2018

Healthy rainfall cuts into Brazilian gas consumption

Improved hydropower production cut thermoelectric's share of Brazil's power mix to around 13% in H1 2018.

2 July 2018
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the frontrunner in Mexico’s general election

Industry holds its breath in Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has taken aim at the private sector, is almost certain to win Mexico’s election on Sunday. What’s in store for the industry?

29 June 2018

Latin gas deficit grows as production wobbles

The region’s consumption has grown strongly over the last decade, but production is still stuck at 2011 levels.

25 June 2018

Latin American drilling activity drops to record low

The region's rig count fell to 14 in May, but the correlation between rig numbers and output is weakening.

22 June 2018
A rig off Venezuela

Venezuela’s debt endangers La Perla development

Eni and Repsol have already choked off investment in Venezuelan gas production because of unpaid debts, and the worsening situation in the country may force more drastic action.

20 June 2018

Argentina to export to Chile via central-south pipelines

Argentina has around 30 MMcm/d of pipeline capacity available in its central-south and southern Magallanes regions

18 June 2018
A BP LNG carrier

No evidence of LNG ‘glut’ yet, BP execs say

A plentiful supply of LNG has hit prices for the fuel, but the market has yet to see the spectre of idle capacity, say BP executives.

14 June 2018
A worker on a gas pipeline in Brazil

Petrobras pipeline sale snags on legal issues

The crown jewel in the Petrobras divestment programme – the giant TAG pipeline in Brazil’s northeast – is proving a tough sell.

12 June 2018

Higher prices hit Argentine household demand

Newly published data shows that market pricing is changing the composition of Argentina's gas consumption.

11 June 2018

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