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.

The Dunkirk LNG terminal, France. Regasification facilities in Europe are suffering from low utilisation rates. (EDF)

Fresh thinking needed for short-term LNG buyers

The next wave of LNG buyers want short-term contracts with plenty of flexibility. Does the industry have the financial tools to deal with them?

25 April 2017

Brazil may pay price for Q1 hydro binge

Brazil leaned heavily on its huge hydro dams in Q1 2017, but reservoir levels are dwindling and the country may soon be competing for spot LNG cargoes.

24 April 2017

Texan gas bonanza keeps growing

The latest assessment of recoverable gas in the Bossier and Haynesville formations is higher than proven resources in Saudi Arabia.

19 April 2017
Argentina’s Bahía Blanca LNG terminal. LNG imports are more expensive than Bolivian piped gas. (YPF)

Latin America no longer an LNG sinkhole – OIES

Brazil’s heavily reduced gas consumption will affect Argentina’s LNG imports because of the Southern Cone’s triangular trade.

11 April 2017

Argentina plays it safe on winter LNG

Buenos Aires has lined up 50 LNG cargoes for delivery over the colder months to ensure Argentines will stay warm during the winter.

10 April 2017
The Andrew rig off the coast of the UK. Kevin Ramnarine says Guyana could have 'another North Sea' on its doorstep. (BP)

Guyana’s associated gas glut will be a challenge

Guyana’s offshore discoveries will be a game-changer for the country, but monetising the huge volumes of associated gas could be difficult.

6 April 2017
Excelerate regasification vessels at Argentina's Bahia Blanca LNG terminal. (Argentine Energy Ministry)

Argentina waves goodbye to the LNG era

Latin LNG demand has vanished. But while this may mark the end of an era in Argentina, the jury is still out on Brazil.

4 April 2017

No big-league wins if Trump cuts fracking red tape

Opening up US federal land to fracking may lead to only modest gains in gas production, according to industry data.

3 April 2017
A shale well in the US. President Donald Trump plans to roll back regulations on fracking. (Breitling Oil and Gas)

Industry relief as Trump unwinds fracking red tape

US President Donald Trump has started clearing the way for fracking on public land. Industry is delighted, but environmentalists are furious.

30 March 2017

Argentina’s explorers chase gas, not oil

Upstream activity has waned in Argentina, according to ministry data. But the numbers tell another story – it is more gas-focused than ever before.

27 March 2017
Former Neuquén Governor Jorge Sapag (right). Plans for the province have met resistance. (Govt of Neuquén)

Argentina’s new deal causes union bluster

Buenos Aires is seeking to relax strict health and safety rules for drillers in Vaca Muerta, but the country’s unions are not happy.

23 March 2017
Trinidad’s Hibiscus platform. The facility could soon receive gas from Venezuela’s Dragón field. (Shell)

Trinidad hails ‘landmark deal’ with Venezuela, Shell

Venezuela should be comfortable with a deal to export gas from its offshore Dragón field to Trinidad, experts say.

20 March 2017

Latin demand for US LNG dries up

Mexico was the only Latin American customer for US LNG in January, with summertime demand vanishing in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

20 March 2017
A tanker at the Guanabara LNG terminal. Brazil used less than 50% of its regas capacity in 2016. (Golar LNG)

Brazil seeks to kick life into idle LNG terminals

Brazil’s LNG terminals lay idle for much of 2016. The country needs new rules and new players to get things moving, says a Petrobras manager.

17 March 2017
Oil rigs in the Permian Basin, New Mexico. The area has vastly increased its oil and gas output. (PA)

Explorers deserve credit for Permian renaissance

Texas-based explorers are finding new layers of permeability in the Permian Basin, allowing them to boost gas production.

16 March 2017
Senator John Cornyn (left) speaking in Congress in 2014. (PA)

US-Mexico gas exports on NAFTA agenda – senator

US gas exports to Mexico will be a topic in the forthcoming NAFTA talks, a Texan senator has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

13 March 2017

Trinidad’s LNG production falling back to 2004 levels

Trinidad’s LNG production is now just above levels seen in 2004 – when the country had fewer liquefaction trains.

13 March 2017
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden at CERAWeek 2017 by IHS Markit (IHS Markit)

Shell CEO sunny on shale, warns of gathering storm

Shell has had a good month, in which it drilled Argentina’s cheapest-ever unconventional well. But the supermajor’s CEO had his mind on other matters on Thursday.

10 March 2017
Tellurian Chairman Charif Souki at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference. (IHS Markit)

Time to nurture demand, execs warn industry

Gas is cheap and abundant worldwide but needs careful management if demand is to grow, key figures tell conference delegates in Houston.

9 March 2017

Gas drilling falls in Latin America in February

Gas-focused drilling slumped in Latin America in February 2017 despite showing signs of life in January.

9 March 2017

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