Elena Mataro

Latin America specialist
Power generation in Panama in 2018

Panama’s LNG hub ambition faces hurdles

Panama’s LNG developers must fend off competition from domestic renewables and alternative terminals in the US to fulfil their ambition of creating Central America’s first LNG hub.

14 November 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt.

Chile eyes more renewables and less coal

The host of the COP25 summit is betting on expanding renewables and phasing out coal in power generation, a move that could make more room for gas-to-power.

23 October 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
The Euzebio Rocha thermoelectric power plant in Brazil

Brazil auctions offer opportunity for LNG-to-power

LNG-to-power projects have been successful in Brazil’s recent auctions, and this trend looks set to continue.

12 September 2019 Americas / LNG
Gas pipeline construction, Stittsville

Mexico avoids pipeline legal battle

An out-of-court settlement between Mexico and private pipeline developers permits the entry into operation of the 74 MMcm/d South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline within days.

5 September 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
A YPF drillpad in the Vaca Muerta

Argentina’s gas sector bears brunt of financial crisis

The country's problems have cast doubt over the tender for a new pipeline in the Vaca Muerta shale play, with the deadline postponed until after October’s election.

3 September 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Argentinian gas pipeline infrastructure

Argentine output boom to boost Chile gas exports

Argentina’s government expects a gradual increase of exports to Chile from September as a result of booming output from the Vaca Muerta shale play.

29 August 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Petrobras HQ

Petrobras’s monopoly being gradually tailed off

The domestic monopoly of the Brazilian NOC is being slowly broken up, allowing new entrants to gain footholds in the supply chain.

1 August 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Blackouts set to continue on Yucatan peninsula

Gas shortages are causing blackouts in the Yucatan, and delays to pipeline projects mean the issues are likely to persist.

27 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Mexican Energy Minister Rocio Nahle

Mexico’s new power plan to burden CFE with debt

The government’s proposed system for financing the expansion of generation infrastructure will not guarantee the most cost-efficient outcome.

20 June 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

State meddling threatens competition in Mexico

The head of Mexican regulator the CRE resigned earlier this month, increasing concern within the industry about regulatory insecurity.

13 June 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
Drilling in the Vaca Muerta

Chilean market may not satisfy Argentina for long

Argentina’s government is approving more gas exports to Chile, but volumes are relatively small and Chilean gas demand may not grow fast enough.

6 June 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
A Pemex rig in Campeche Sound

Mexican government makes call for private cash for E&P

Greater private investment is seen as necessary for Mexico to meet its targets for boosting domestic gas production.

23 May 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Drilling in the Vaca Muerta shale play.

Argentina struggling with Vaca Muerta pipeline

Government money for the $1.5 billion connection will be fundamental if the much-needed project is to go forward.

16 May 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Petrobras's Cacimbas-Catu gas pipeline in Brazil.

Brazil TAG sale bodes well but more is needed

Engie’s purchase of the pipeline network does not necessarily mean that it will be open to producers other than state-run Petrobras.

1 May 2019 Americas / Companies & Finance
Offices of Ecopetrol in Colombia.

Colombia aims to revive upstream sector

The government has introduced changes to the conditions applied to offshore blocks in an attempt to encourage greater upstream activity.

28 March 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
The Golar Spirit FSRU

Brazil bets on FSRUs to supply power plants

The country is developing two new FSRU projects and could launch more in the medium term to supply fuel to gas-fired power plants.

8 March 2019 Americas / LNG
Argentine pipeline infrastructure

Bolivia and Argentina adjust gas price and volumes

Bolivia has renegotiated higher prices for the gas it exports to Argentina, but at the cost of potentially lower export volumes.

4 March 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador giving a speech in January.

Mexico’s energy policies face a reality check

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has backtracked in his dispute with private pipeline developers, saying their contracts will be respected.

22 February 2019 Americas / Companies & Finance
A rig in Vaca Muerta

Argentina keeps bulk of subsidies for unconventional gas

Companies have warned the Argentine government that planned revisions to subsidies will lead to losses.

8 February 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
Evo Morales, Bolivia's president

Bolivia set to lose ground in Brazilian gas market

Bolivia's gas supply contract with Brazil is up for renewal, but the renegotiations could prove difficult.

31 January 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation

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