A rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

Mexico seeks to solve deepwater ‘mystery’

Mexico has gathered mountains of offshore data in recent years. But it is unclear if it will be enough to tempt a supermajor into deepwater gas production.

By Chris Noon 27 July 2017
Argentine President Mauricio Macri has issued nearly $19 billion in debt. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Argentine debt mars rewards for gas producers

Argentina is offering generous rewards for gas production, but companies may have to wait for Buenos Aires to clear its debts.

6 July 2017
Exploration & Production

YPF plans $1.2 bln investment in Chubut

Argentine state-run giant YPF plans to invest more than $1.2 billion in oil and gas exploration and production in the Patagonian province of Chubut.

4 July 2017
Exploration & Production

Brazil set to launch unconventional pilot project in Bahia

Brazil is seeking to launch a pilot project for unconventional oil and gas reservoirs in 2018 that is likely to be based in the northeastern state of Bahia.

4 July 2017
The Itaipu dam in Brazil. The country is installing more and more renewable generation capacity. (Itaipu Binacional) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gas may be slow-burn success in Latin America

The short-term prospects for gas in Latin America look bleak because of renewables. But the sector should play the long game.

4 July 2017
Supply & Demand

South American LNG demand hangs in balance

South America’s two giants have slashed combined spending on gas imports. But the situation is delicately balanced.

3 July 2017
Exploration & Production

Guyana to review use of Liza gas for domestic power

Guyana will publish a study the possibility of using gas from the offshore Liza oilfield to fuel domestic power plants, the country’s minister of public infrastructure has said.

26 June 2017
Supply & Demand

South American pipeline and LNG trade falters

The prospects for increasing traded volumes in South America are poor, principally because demand is waning in Brazil and Argentina.

26 June 2017
An LNG cargo arrives in Brazil. LNG could still play a key role in the country despite production growth. (Petrobras) LNG

Renewables throw LNG a lifeline in Latin America

Do not write off Latin America’s LNG sector just yet. Renewables will need a hefty back-up, conference speakers in Houston argued this week.

23 June 2017
Exploration & Production

Latin American gas drilling returns to recent lows

There were 17 rigs drilling for gas in Latin America in May 2017, the same number as in March – which was the lowest level since records began.

23 June 2017
Mexico’s Manzanillo LNG terminal could receive monthly LNG cargoes until 2018. (Samsung C&T) LNG

Mexican demand surprises US LNG industry

Mexico’s demand for US LNG has been stronger than expected. But it may be a short-lived phenomenon, conference delegates in Houston heard.

22 June 2017
Exploration & Production

Eni takes three offshore blocks in Mexican licensing round

Italian supermajor Eni has been awarded three of the 10 offshore blocks offered by Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission in the first tender of the second phase of Mexico’s oil and gas licensing round.

21 June 2017
A crossing station on the US-Mexican border. Drilling gets much more complicated south of the Rio Grande. (PA) Exploration & Production

Mexico’s shale pioneers will need blind faith

Nobody doubts Mexico’s staggering shale potential. But it still looks risky to drill south of the Rio Grande.

20 June 2017
Exploration & Production

Trinidad stays calm as storm clouds gather

Trinidad’s government is optimistic about the future, despite gas output falling by more than 20% since 2013.

19 June 2017

YPF and Enarsa could boost Escobar LNG regas capacity

State-owned YPF and Enarsa may boost regasification capacity at Argentina’s Escobar LNG terminal to 25 MMcm/d.

16 June 2017
The launch of the third bidding session for Round 2 last year. The fourth session is expected in December. (Sener) Exploration & Production

Mexico to offer 70 shale blocks in December – source

Mexican authorities are gearing up to offer around 70 blocks in the country’s inaugural shale round. It is an ambitious plan, say experts.

16 June 2017
Exploration & Production

Repsol to invest $1 bln in Bolivian gas fields

Spanish giant Repsol will invest around $1 billion until 2021 to explore gas fields in southern Bolivia.

15 June 2017

Atlantic LNG to cut 7% of workforce

Atlantic LNG, the company that oversees Trinidad & Tobago’s liquefaction plant, is planning to cut its staff by 7%.

14 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Brazilian power company seeks Bolivian gas supply contract

Âmbar Energia, a power company owned by Brazilian conglomerate J&F Investimentos, is seeking a long-term gas supply contract with Bolivia from 2019.

13 June 2017
A well in the Vaca Muerta shale gas formation. Producers in the play are maximising their output. (YPF) Exploration & Production

Vaca Muerta’s producers drive ‘radical change’

Argentina’s drillers may have finally cracked Vaca Muerta. The secret to their success? Horizontal wells and longer laterals.

13 June 2017
Supply & Demand

Flickers of life in Brazilian gas demand

Brazil's economy is emerging from a severe recession, but it is too soon to say if gas demand is bouncing back.

12 June 2017

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