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Andrew Baker

Andrew joined NGI in 2018 to support coverage of Mexico’s newly liberalized oil and gas sector, and his role has since expanded to include the rest of North America. Before joining NGI, Andrew covered Latin America’s hydrocarbon and electric power industries from 2014 to 2018 for Business News Americas in Santiago, Chile. He speaks fluent Spanish, and holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota.

FPSO Awards Seen Rebounding Sharply in 2021 as Offshore Oil, Natural Gas Project Sanctioning Resumes

FPSO Awards Seen Rebounding Sharply in 2021 as Offshore Oil, Natural Gas Project Sanctioning Resumes

Oil and gas companies are expected to award seven floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in 2021, versus a likely total of one this year, as offshore project sanctioning recovers from the current downturn, according to Rystad Energy. Tokyo-based Modec Inc. won the only FPSO contract awarded so far this year, to supply a…

July 9, 2020
New Mexico Regulator Fines DCP for Emissions Violations as States Demand Action on Methane

New Mexico Regulator Fines DCP for Emissions Violations as States Demand Action on Methane

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) said Tuesday it has fined an affiliate of DCP Midstream Partners LP $5.3 million for air quality violations. The watchdog said that between December 2017 and June 2019, DCP Operating Co. LP submitted 367 excess emission reports for eight New Mexico facilities, totaling over 2.1 million pounds of pollutants.…

July 8, 2020
Mexico Said to be Facing ‘Triple Crisis’ Amid Pandemic Response

Mexico Said to be Facing ‘Triple Crisis’ Amid Pandemic Response

Mexico is facing a “triple crisis” on the public health, economic and governance fronts, with worrying implications for the energy sector and few encouraging signs for the near future, according to Tony Payan of Houston’s Rice University. After posting flat growth in 2019, the world’s 14th-largest economy is projected to shrink by at least 10.5%…

July 7, 2020
Northeast Natural Gas Infrastructure Woes Continue As Dominion Scuttles ACP, Sells Transmission, Storage Assets for $9.7B

Northeast Natural Gas Infrastructure Woes Continue As Dominion Scuttles ACP, Sells Transmission, Storage Assets for $9.7B

Dominion Energy closed out the holiday weekend with two bombshell announcements, disclosing Sunday that it is selling its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion. It also has decided, along with joint-venture partner Duke Energy, to cancel the 600-mile, 1.5…

July 6, 2020
Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Energy closed out the holiday weekend with two bombshell announcements, disclosing Sunday that it is selling its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion. It also has decided, along with joint-venture partner Duke Energy, to cancel the 600-mile, 1.5…

July 6, 2020
Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Competition Principles in Power Sector Dispute

Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Competition Principles in Power Sector Dispute

The suspension in late June by Mexico’s Supreme Court of new power sector rules imposed by the energy ministry marked a rare victory for proponents of competition in the country’s energy industry, analysts said. The controversial rulemaking, dubbed the Policy of Reliability, Safety, Continuity and Quality in the National Electric System, halted preoperative tests for…

July 2, 2020
Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Oil and natural gas exploration will play an essential role in meeting global energy demand through at least 2040, even if human-induced global warming is kept under 2 C, according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. “Only about half the supply needed to 2040 is guaranteed from fields already onstream,” said Wood Mackenzie’s Andrew…

July 2, 2020
Oil, Natural Gas Exploration Said Vital to Meeting Energy Demand to 2040, Even if Global Warming Kept Under 2 C

Oil, Natural Gas Exploration Said Vital to Meeting Energy Demand to 2040, Even if Global Warming Kept Under 2 C

Oil and natural gas exploration will play an essential role in meeting global energy demand through at least 2040, even if human-induced global warming is kept under 2 C, according to a new analysis by Wood Mackenzie. “Only about half the supply needed to 2040 is guaranteed from fields already onstream,” said Wood Mackenzie’s Andrew…

July 1, 2020
Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico’s Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) on Tuesday informed employees of mass layoffs effective immediately, with the natural gas regulation segment hit especially hard, a former employee confirmed to NGI’s Mexico GPI. The former employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said an estimated 200 staffers, or about 40% of CRE’s workforce, were told to return…

June 30, 2020
Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has appointed the members of a new, professional, five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to replace the former nine-member volunteer group. The creation and subsequent transformation of the COGCC was mandated by state Senate Bill (SB) 181, which Polis signed into law last year. The legislation overhauled regulations governing…

June 26, 2020
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