Drilling in Vaca Muerta, Neuquén. (YPF) Exploration & Production

Argentina champions producers that think big

Buenos Aires will handsomely reward companies with staying power, rather than those that uncover ‘new’ gas.

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LNG

Dominican Republic boosts LNG cargoes to fuel booming economy

The largest economy in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, may receive up to 16 LNG cargoes next year to help fuel a growing industrial sector and public transport system.

9 September 2011
Companies & Finance

Deep ambition

Pemex’s doubling of its stake in Repsol YPF has aroused suspicion of a takeover and prompted the Spanish firm to refer the deal to regulators, but it’s more likely the move is about gaining access

9 September 2011
Workers at the site of the P-51 drilling platform owned by Petrobras, in Brazil. (PA) Policy & Regulation

A pinch of risk in Brazil’s pre-salt (Part 2)

Interfax wrote on Thursday that the real risk in Brazil’s hydrocarbon-rich ‘pre-salt’ blocks is operational, not political. In the second part of this two-part feature, Interfax examines the new

9 September 2011
Workers at the site of the P-51 drilling platform owned by Petrobras, in Brazil. (PA) Policy & Regulation

A pinch of risk in Brazil’s pre-salt (Part 1)

Foreign companies who win oil and gas blocks in future pre-salt auctions will feel the Brazilian state’s influence at every administrative level. In the first of this two-part series, Chris Noon examines the state's new arrangements for its deep-water reserves.

9 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Public tender will decide Peru’s block auctions this year

The Peruvian government has confirmed that it will abandon bilateral negotiations with oil and gas companies as part of the process by which it awards hydrocarbon contracts.

8 September 2011
President Cristina Fernandez addressing national, provincial, business and union representatives as YPF announces the discovery of a new oilfield in Loma La Lata, Neuquén. (Casa Rosada) Policy & Regulation

Shale incentives to tackle Argentina’s supply deficit

As LNG imports triple, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government is likely to further relax regulation and pricing associated with shale gas.

7 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Return to Gulf of Mexico brings instant reward

The return of oil and gas giants to the Gulf of Mexico is in full swing, with both United States-based Chevron and UK-based BP announcing exploration and production successes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

7 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Uruguay to announce round two licensing awards in Q3 2012

Ancap, Uruguay’s national oil company, will launch the second round licensing tender on 7 September for the its 15 oil and gas offshore Punta del Este and Pelotas Basins blocks, with the awards expected to be announced in the third quarter of 2012, a company spokesman told BNAmerica this week.

6 September 2011
While the government will attempt to push through legislation to lift investment restrictions, opposition parties currently hold more seats than President Felipe Calderon's conservative party. (Wikipedia) Policy & Regulation

Not everyone believes Mexico’s foreign investment promises

Analysts are divided on how much control will be given to foreign companies that are seeking exploration and production opportunities in Mexico.

6 September 2011
The $164 million pipeline will have a capacity of 3.4 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) and will connect the Angostura field operated by Australian firm BHP Billiton to the new Cove Estate gas processing facility in Tobago. (PA) Pipelines, Storage & Power

First phase of Caribbean pipeline by end 2011

he 54 km pipeline linking Trinidad to Tobago, the first inter-island connection in the Caribbean, will be complete by the end of the year. From there, it’s on to Barbados, but many hurdles still remain.

5 September 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Ecuador chooses hydropower over gas

Ecuador appears to be leaning towards hydropower rather than gas for its future electricity needs.

2 September 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Auctions for Brazil’s pipelines likely next year

Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has told Interfax that auctions for gas pipelines in the country could take place next year, depending on the results of studies for the expansion of the network.

2 September 2011
The alternative pipeline will ensure that Peru’s rural people don’t suffer gas shortages. (Wikipedia) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Peru’s backup pipeline plan

To counter any social or environmental problems during the construction of the Gasoducto Andino del Sur pipeline, Peru’s government has put into place plans to build an alternative pipeline.

2 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Mexico’s regulator urges renewed shale focus

Mexico's oil and gas regulator has said that the country’s potential shale gas reserves are close to those of the United States, and that state-controlled company Pemex should take advantage of foreign investment to extract them.

1 September 2011
Petrobras offshore ship platform in Santos Bay off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PA) Policy & Regulation

Brazil says pre-salt 2006 auction is null and void

As Brazil tries to reassert control over key oil and gas assets, the energy ministry has said the state will reclaim the hydrocarbon-rich ‘pre-salt’ blocks won by companies during the country’s

1 September 2011
Americas Petrogas Signing Ceremony in Neuquen, Argentina. (Americas Petrogas) Exploration & Production

Argentina’s regulation changes entice Exxon

As Latin America’s regulatory environment is becoming more favourable to exploration, North American companies have pledged to explore and develop shale oil and natural gas in Argentina.

1 September 2011
Exploration & Production

Low expectations for Guyana Basin

A high-profile exploration round in the Guyana Basin is unlikely to lead to commercial gas projects.

31 August 2011
The Atlantic LNG plant in Point Fortin on the southwest coast of Trinidad. (PA) LNG

Caribbean looks ripe for a gas switch

As rising oil prices stoke gas demand, the world’s governments realise the potential of diversification, and the Caribbean finds itself in the perfect position for fuel switching.

30 August 2011
Construction of Gasoducto Andino del Sur begins in January 2012. (Andino) Supply & Demand

Peru cordons huge Block 88 to fuel its own growth

Peru’s Prime Minister Salomón Lerner has announced that gas from the country’s largest block in the Camisea field will be used entirely for domestic consumption.

26 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Latin American unconventional wisdom

Developers are getting serious about Latin American shale, with Halliburton, Schlumberger, Apache and others staking their claims in Argentina and Colombia, so could the region be in for a shale gas b

26 August 2011

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