Drilling in the Vaca Muerta shale play. Shell believes Argentina should change its tax regime. (YPF) Exploration & Production

Shell finds support for tough talk on Argentine tax

Shell thinks Vaca Muerta could be the next Permian Basin, but Argentina’s tax code is a bugbear for the Anglo-Dutch giant.

An FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt basin. Volumes of gas produced are increasing, but CO2 is a problem. (Petrobras) Exploration & Production

Brazil’s pre-salt gas blighted by high CO2 content

Brazil is pumping huge volumes of pre-salt gas, but it contains too much carbon dioxide. Julio Meneghini is working to solve the problem.

Havana, Cuba. Thawing relations between Cuba and the United States has let in Netflix and AirBnB. (AirBnB) Supply & Demand

Could US gas play a role in Cuban Thaw?

Energy-hungry Cuba is at a crossroads. But cheap US gas could be a valuable weapon in pulling the Caribbean island out of Venezuela’s political orbit.

23 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Cenagas awards pipeline capacity contracts to three companies

Mexico’s state-run gas pipeline network operator Cenagas has awarded four contracts for capacity to three companies in the country’s inaugural open season auction.

21 February 2017
Manzanillo LNG terminal, Mexico. The Panama Canal allows large vessels to reach it from the US. (Samsung C&T) Supply & Demand

Uncle Sam wins in Mexico’s standoff with Peru

There is nothing like a supply risk to find out who your friends are, as Mexico has learned in recent months.

21 February 2017
Exploration & Production

CNPC produces first gas from Peru’s Block 58

China National Petroleum Corp. has produced its first gas from Peru’s giant Block 58, state-run hydrocarbon agency Perupetro announced on Friday.

20 February 2017
Supply & Demand

Chilly Argentina hopes for Chilean gas supplies

Argentina is again seeking to import gas and power from its neighbour Chile during the southern hemisphere winter.

20 February 2017
LNG

Mexico swaps Peruvian LNG for US cargoes

Brazilian and Argentine demand for United States-produced LNG has vanished. However, Mexico is turning into Uncle Sam’s best customer.

20 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Brazil’s Solimões project could become new Rosneft hub

Rosneft’s Solimões project in Brazil could become a new hub for the company’s international activity if exploration is successful.

17 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Peru to open bids for 54 blocks in H2 2017

Peru plans to start holding bid rounds for 54 blocks in H2 2017, Platts reported on Tuesday.

15 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Brazil moves forward with ‘Gas to Grow’ programme

Brazilian authorities are moving ahead with the Gás para Crescer (‘Gas to Grow’) programme, which was launched last year to reorganise the country’s gas industry.

15 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Enarsa launches tender for GNEA gas pipeline

Argentine state-owned energy company Enarsa has launched a tender for the operation and maintenance of several sections of the proposed Gasoducto del NEA gas pipeline.

14 February 2017
Supply & Demand

Argentina produces 45 MMcm/d of gas in 2016

Argentina’s gas production averaged 44.99 million cubic metres per day in 2016, a 4.7% increase year on year.

14 February 2017
Companies & Finance

Brazilian court stops Petrobras NTS sale

A court in the Brazilian state of Sergipe has halted Petrobras’s sale of a 90% controlling stake in gas distribution unit Nova Transportadora do Sudeste.

13 February 2017
LNG

Argentina’s Enarsa launches tender for nine LNG cargoes

Argentina’s state-run Enarsa has launched a tender for nine LNG cargoes to be delivered in April and May.

13 February 2017
LNG

Peru pivots from Mexico to Europe

Average royalties for Peru’s LNG exports have shrunk by more than 80% over the past three years.

13 February 2017
Supply & Demand

Bolivia aims to boost gas exports to Argentina

Bolivia is seeking to boost its gas exports to neighbouring Argentina to 20.03 MMcm/d in 2017.

9 February 2017
Companies & Finance

REN buys stake in Chile’s gas grid

Portuguese state-owned energy giant REN has bought a 42.5% stake in Chilean gas grid Electrogas from Enel Generacion Chile, a subsidiary of Italian power utility Enel.

9 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Grupo Bolognesi given deadline to prove power plants’ viability

Brazilian authorities have given the Grupo Bolognesi conglomerate until August to prove the financial viability of two gas-to-power plants.

9 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Gas-focused wells increase share in Argentina

Argentina added two rigs in January, taking its total to nine and gas-focused exploration in the country grew in 2016.

9 February 2017
A well in Argentina’s Neuquén province, home to the Vaca Muerta shale formation. (Government of Neuquén) Exploration & Production

Unconventionals hit 23% of Argentine output

Argentina’s unconventional gas production has almost doubled over the past two years, according to an independent report.

7 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Maha Energy buys Gran Tierra Energy’s Brazilian assets

Maha Energy has bought the Brazilian business of Gran Tierra Energy for $35 million, plus financial guarantees for certain work commitments amounting to about $12 million.

6 February 2017

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