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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.

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Warns of Economic, Environmental Fallout from Biden Freeze of Federal Leasing

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Warns of Economic, Environmental Fallout from Biden Freeze of Federal Leasing

The Biden administration has frozen awarding new oil and gas drilling permits, as well as leases on federal onshore and offshore property, for 60 days, likely heralding more permanent limits to be enacted down the road. The order mandating the freeze was signed by acting Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Scott de la Vega…

January 22, 2021
Mexico Natural Gas Players Call for More Connectivity, Independent Price Indexes

Mexico Natural Gas Players Call for More Connectivity, Independent Price Indexes

Mexico’s natural gas market has made tremendous strides in recent years, but more connectivity and independent price indexes are needed, according to some of the country’s most important pipeline operators and trading houses. NGI’s Christopher Lenton, senior editor for Mexico and Latin America, discussed the state of the Mexican market with a group of experts…

January 20, 2021
More Action Needed on Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions as Latest Decline Mainly Pandemic-Driven, IEA Says

More Action Needed on Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions as Latest Decline Mainly Pandemic-Driven, IEA Says

Methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector fell by an estimated 10% in 2020, mainly because of production curtailments in response to the Covid-19 crisis, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Methane Tracker 2021 report published Monday. Oil and gas operations emitted more than 70 million tons of methane into the atmosphere…

January 20, 2021
New PHMSA Rule to Ease Restrictions on Natural Gas Pipeline Operators

New PHMSA Rule to Ease Restrictions on Natural Gas Pipeline Operators

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Monday published a final rule in the Federal Register that relaxes inspection and reporting requirements for natural gas pipeline operators. The rule is meant “to ease regulatory burdens on the construction, operation and maintenance of gas transmission, distribution, and gathering pipeline…

January 14, 2021
Mexico’s Leading Private Natural Gas Producer Secures 2021 Work Plan Approval

Mexico’s Leading Private Natural Gas Producer Secures 2021 Work Plan Approval

Mexico’s upstream oil and gas regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) on Tuesday approved three exploration and production (E&P) work plans for 2021 that entail combined investment of $115.7 million. Servicios Múltiples de Burgos, S.A. de C.V. (SMB), a 50/50 joint venture between Tecpetrol SA and Industrial Perforadora de Campeche (IPC), obtained the green light…

January 13, 2021
Natural Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Narrative to Face Tougher Scrutiny Under Biden

Natural Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Narrative to Face Tougher Scrutiny Under Biden

With natural gas projected to play a major role in the global energy mix for decades to come, the incoming Biden Administration would need to mitigate the fuel’s environmental impacts as much as possible in order to fulfill his climate agenda, the most ambitious of any U.S. president in history. As a result, the industry…

January 8, 2021
Mexico’s CFE Blames ‘Intermittent’ Renewable Generators for Massive Blackout

Mexico’s CFE Blames ‘Intermittent’ Renewable Generators for Massive Blackout

Leaders of Mexico’s state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) on Tuesday blamed renewable energy and a brush fire for a massive Dec. 28 power outage that took 8,696 MW of electricity offline, causing about one-third of the country to lose power.  Spokesman Luis Bravo Navarro said that while it’s normal for small sections…

January 6, 2021
Trump Promotion of Alaska E&P Marches On as ANWR Lease Sale Proceeds, NPR-A Plan Approved

Trump Promotion of Alaska E&P Marches On as ANWR Lease Sale Proceeds, NPR-A Plan Approved

A multiyear effort by the Trump administration to promote oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) on federal lands in Alaska continues to advance as his presidency winds to a close. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in Alaska ruled Tuesday that an oil and gas lease sale for tracts within the Alaska National Wildlife…

January 6, 2021
Mexico’s Pemex Reports Natural Gas, Oil Production Decline in November

Mexico’s Pemex Reports Natural Gas, Oil Production Decline in November

Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported natural gas production of 3.68 Bcf/d in November 2020, down from 3.87 Bcf/d during the same month in 2019.  The figure includes production with joint-venture (JV) partners. Production from fields operated solely by Pemex fell to 3.6 Bcf/d from 3.78 Bcf/d, the national oil company said. Natural…

January 4, 2021
Oil Market Seen Swinging from Oversupply to Deficit in 2021 on Vaccine Rollout, Boosting WTI Price

Oil Market Seen Swinging from Oversupply to Deficit in 2021 on Vaccine Rollout, Boosting WTI Price

The new year could see the global oil market swing from its current state of oversupply to some of the highest monthly supply deficits in years as the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines propels a recovery in demand, according to experts. Raymond James & Associates Inc. analysts said Monday they expect “hefty” crude oil inventory draws…

January 4, 2021
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