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 Cameron lng plant in the us

Mexico thinks small for initial LNG exports

Sempra's proposed LNG plant on the Baja California peninsula will be 2.5 mtpa in size and not a large-scale facility as previously thought, although it could be expanded.

19 April 2018
The Atlantic LNG plant in Trinidad

Trinidad’s militants are a concern for oil and gas majors

Energy giants in Trinidad have beefed up security after warnings of a local Islamic State cell. But the group’s capability is likely to be limited, experts say.

18 April 2018

China has strong incentive to widen Panama Canal

China, which is now receiving one out of every four US LNG cargoes, has provided more than $150 billion in loans to Latin America since 2005.

16 April 2018
A Petrobras rig exploring offshore Brazil

Exxon returns to Brazil with $2.7 bln spending spree

The supermajor is angling for a second chance at exploration success in Brazil after a fruitless campaign in 2012.

12 April 2018
The Panama Canal.

Wider Panama Canal a boon for Latin LNG trade

Mexico and Chile have imported around 4.2 mt of LNG via tankers that transited the Panama Canal since its expansion. Latin exporters are also reaping the rewards.

5 April 2018
A rig in Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale play.

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta set to receive rail boost

Trains will be a cheaper option than trucks for supplying essentials such as sand and machinery to Argentina’s huge shale formation, experts say.

29 March 2018
An Ecopetrol station in Meta, Colombia.

Colombia’s Caribbean gas could take years to start up

Colombia is facing a gas supply pinch, but its deepwater sector may struggle to compete for a spot on explorers’ portfolios, experts say.

27 March 2018
Average wholesale gas price in Mexico, February

New price report is boost for Mexican transparency

Mexican authorities have identified four potential pricing hubs in the country, which is increasingly reliant on imports.

26 March 2018
Argentine Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren.

Argentine austerity tests patience of producers

Cash-strapped Argentina is offering generous rewards for gas production. But Buenos Aires has still not put its money where its mouth is.

23 March 2018
Mexico's Manzanillo LNG terminal.

Mexico keeps LNG export hopes alive

The proposed Ensenada LNG plant is Mexican in name only, with developers likely to use US-produced gas and US pipelines.

21 March 2018

Argentina set to become ‘winter-only’ LNG importer

Customs data indicates growing seasonality in Argentina’s LNG imports, with nearly 85% of volumes arriving in summer and autumn in recent years.

19 March 2018
A drillpad in Argentina

Argentina glimpses a gas price

Buenos Aires is successfully weaning the country off energy subsidies. Now there are signs of a real price for gas.

15 March 2018
The Urucu industrial hub in the Amazon.

Still early days for Brazilian shale – ministry

Brazil is planning up to three unconventional pilot projects in 2018, but the authorities are already seeking to manage expectations.

6 March 2018

Peru LNG back up and running

Peru has just exported its first LNG cargo for three weeks, with the country’s daily gas production down by 20% so far in 2018.

5 March 2018
Map infographic showing active Latin American drilling rigs.

Gas drilling drops in Latin America in January

Gas-focused drilling in Latin America ticked down for the second consecutive month in January, with a total of 19 rigs active in the region.

2 March 2018
Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Incahuasi field.

Bolivia’s big deal – too good to be true?

Bolivian President Evo Morales has welcomed two new mystery partners to the country, but La Paz may need to take a closer look.

1 March 2018

Argentina doubles down on renewables drive

The growth of Argentina’s renewables sector, combined with increasing domestic gas production, is likely to hammer the country's gas and LNG imports.

26 February 2018
The Peru LNG plant.

Peru LNG counts cost of downtime

A rupture on Peru’s main NGL pipeline knocked out the country’s LNG plant and two key gas production centres earlier this month, and the situation is still far from normal.

21 February 2018

Chile’s LNG sector sees steady growth

Chile’s LNG imports will keep growing in line with power demand, but its renewables sector is also turning into a South American success story.

19 February 2018
A gas-fired power barge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic looks toward gas-fired future

Rubén Jiménez Bichara, an official at the Dominican Republic’s power market coordinator, discusses the future of the country’s gas market.

15 February 2018

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