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Chris Noon

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 Americas / Exploration & Production
Operational rigs in Latin America targeting gas in March 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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / LNG
Breakdown of US LNG exports

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 Americas / LNG
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 Americas / LNG
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 Americas / Global Markets

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 Americas / LNG
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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / LNG
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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / Global Markets
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 Americas / Companies & Finance
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 Americas / LNG

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 Americas / Supply & Demand
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 Americas / Policy & Regulation
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 Americas / Exploration & Production

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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / Exploration & Production
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 Americas / Exploration & Production

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