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.
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
A rig in the Carina field

Argentina seeks to woo companies for offshore riches

Buenos Aires is using Argentina’s first-ever offshore bid round to market the country as investor-friendly territory, according to a senior lawyer.

5 June 2018

Peru counts cost of downtime in H1

Peru’s production and exports of gas have slumped in 2018. It has also pivoted from Spain to Asia as a destination for its LNG.

4 June 2018
A tanker at the Peru LNG plant.

Bad weather compounds Peru’s production problems

Poor weather conditions reduced the Pampa Melchorita LNG plant’s gas demand in May in the latest setback for Peru, which has seen its gas output slump this year.

1 June 2018
Pipelines in North America

Mexico homes in on four storage sites

Mexico plans to store up to five days of gas in case of a supply crisis, with four abandoned fields earmarked for the purpose.

30 May 2018

Latin drilling slips as Starfish produces first gas

The number of gas-focused rigs in operation in Latin America fell to 17 in April.

25 May 2018
A worker on a Brazilian gas pipeline.

Beware the great Brazilian pipeline sell-off

A large majority of Brazil’s gas transport capacity will soon be controlled by private companies, but foreign investors remain cautious.

24 May 2018
Drilling in Argentina's Vaca Muerta formation

Argentina seeks to maintain Vaca Muerta momentum

Fresh fears are emerging over Argentina’s fragile economy, but the government has sought to reassure producers over the country’s generous gas incentives.

22 May 2018

Argentina coordinates its imports to suit the season

There is growing seasonality in Argentina’s gas imports, as well as indications of price convergence.

21 May 2018
The Dolphin platform in Trinidad

Shell on the comeback trail in Trinidad

Shell has set out its targets for Trinidad and Tobago's Starfish field – part of the gas-rich East Coast Marine Area.

17 May 2018
The Höegh Grace arriving in Cartagena to act as an FSRU

Colombia buys supply cushion with LNG

LNG imports have boosted energy-hungry Colombia’s gas supply by around 40%, according to the operator of the Cartagena terminal.

16 May 2018

Hydro and wind hammer Brazil’s gas-to-power demand

Brazil has built 13 GW of wind capacity over the last six years, and the turbines are now taking a bite out of the gas-to-power sector.

14 May 2018

Brazil’s pre-salt booms, but pipeline issues persist

Over half of Brazil’s gas production now comes from pre-salt fields. But the sector is still constrained by pipeline capacity.

9 May 2018

Argentine rig count falls in March but is forecast to rise

Gas-focused drilling in Latin America ticked down during March.

4 May 2018
Three LNG vessels transiting the Panama Canal on the same day

Panama Canal mulls expansion amid booming demand

Growing demand for LNG transit through the waterway could lead to a fourth set of locks being built.

1 May 2018

Latin America’s share of US LNG wanes

The region now accounts for around one in every five LNG cargoes exported from Sabine Pass. This is down from half of all cargoes in 2016.

30 April 2018

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