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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.

DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland has revoked a series of energy-related secretarial orders (SO) issued under the Trump administration and established a climate task force to coordinate across the department. Haaland did so last Friday by signing two SOs of her own, reflecting a see-saw pattern of executive action that is becoming…

April 20, 2021
Increased Ethane Supply Said Crucial to Mexico’s Petchem Sector

Increased Ethane Supply Said Crucial to Mexico’s Petchem Sector

Mexico’s petrochemicals sector has suffered from underinvestment and the prioritization of crude oil production by state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to a new issue brief published by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.  These factors have led to a steady decrease over the last decade in Pemex’s production of ethane and ethane…

April 19, 2021
Natural Gas Prices, Demand Likely to Stay Resilient in Low-Carbon World, Analysts Find

Natural Gas Prices, Demand Likely to Stay Resilient in Low-Carbon World, Analysts Find

Natural gas prices and demand are likely to stay resilient even if human-induced global warming is contained to 2 degrees celsius or less, according to new analysis by Wood Mackenzie. The 2-degree goal was established under the 2015 United Nations global climate agreement, aka the Paris Agreement. Replacement of coal with gas-fired power generation in…

April 18, 2021
Asian Industrials Seen Driving 3.2% Rise in Global Natural Gas Demand This Year

Asian Industrials Seen Driving 3.2% Rise in Global Natural Gas Demand This Year

Consumption in the industrial sector is expected to drive a 3.2% year/year (y/y) increase in global natural gas demand during 2021, according to a second quarter Gas Market Report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This compares with a 2.8% increase forecast in the 1Q2021 report, IEA’s inaugural offering in the series. The projected…

April 15, 2021
Continental May Exceed 2021 Oil, Natural Gas Production Guidance in Midcontinent as Net Debt Falls

Continental May Exceed 2021 Oil, Natural Gas Production Guidance in Midcontinent as Net Debt Falls

Continental Resources Inc. said Tuesday it is on track to meet or exceed its 2021 full-year oil and natural gas production guidance. The Oklahoma City-based exploration and production (E&P) company also indicated that it has lowered its total debt by 10% since the end of 2020. In an update ahead of its 1Q2021 earnings call…

April 14, 2021
Businesses Urge Biden to Boost GHG Commitments Ahead of U.S. Climate Summit

Businesses Urge Biden to Boost GHG Commitments Ahead of U.S. Climate Summit

More than 300 businesses and investors, including U.S. utilities and energy infrastructure giants, have signed an open letter to President Biden urging the administration to nearly double the U.S. commitments in targeted reductions for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The letter’s 310 signatories represent more than $3 trillion in annual revenue and $1 trillion-plus in assets…

April 13, 2021
Pemex Seen as ‘Drag’ on Mexico Economic Recovery, though Manufacturing Poised for Strong Year

Pemex Seen as ‘Drag’ on Mexico Economic Recovery, though Manufacturing Poised for Strong Year

Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) could hinder the country’s economic recovery prospects if the government does not shift course, according to new analysis by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In an issue brief published Friday, authors Tony Payan and José Iván Rodríguez-Sanchez argued that four pillars sustain Mexico’s economy: manufacturing, remittances,…

April 12, 2021
Improved Outlook Seen for Oil, Gas Borrowing and Pricing in Latest Biannual Survey

Improved Outlook Seen for Oil, Gas Borrowing and Pricing in Latest Biannual Survey

Executives expressed a more optimistic outlook on capital availability and commodity pricing for the oil and gas sector in the latest editions of two surveys conducted by Haynes and Boone LLP. Most respondents to the law firm’s spring 2021 Borrowing Base Redeterminations Survey forecast that borrowing bases will rise by 0-10% this spring versus fall…

April 9, 2021
Mexico’s Pemex Aiming for 15% Increase in Natural Gas Production in 2021

Mexico’s Pemex Aiming for 15% Increase in Natural Gas Production in 2021

Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is forecasting a base-case scenario increase of natural gas production to 4.19 Bcf/d in 2021 from 3.64 Bcf/d realized in 2020, according to its newly released 2021-2025 business plan. For 2022, Pemex sees production reaching 4.39 Bcf/d before dropping to 4.1 Bcf/d in 2023 and 3.94 Bcf/d in…

April 7, 2021
Mixed Reaction from Natural Gas, Oil Industry as $2T Biden Infrastructure Plan Targets Decarbonization, Taxes

Mixed Reaction from Natural Gas, Oil Industry as $2T Biden Infrastructure Plan Targets Decarbonization, Taxes

President Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan has generated mixed reactions from the fossil energy industry, as Biden is asking Congress to raise corporate taxes in order to accelerate the clean energy transition. The jobs and infrastructure package underscores the “whole-of-government” approach Biden is taking toward climate and energy policy, a shift from previous administrations.…

April 5, 2021
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