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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.

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
Crude Exports Begin from Second Deepwater Dock at South Texas Gateway Terminal

Crude Exports Begin from Second Deepwater Dock at South Texas Gateway Terminal

Crude oil exports have begun from the second deepwater dock at the South Texas Gateway (STG) terminal, according to Buckeye Partners LP, the terminal’s 50% owner. With the second dock now complete, STG can accommodate the simultaneous berthing and loading of two very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels, Buckeye said last Wednesday. STG is in…

January 4, 2021
As 2020 Ends, Door Remains Closed to New Oil and Gas E&P Contracts in Mexico

As 2020 Ends, Door Remains Closed to New Oil and Gas E&P Contracts in Mexico

As 2020 draws to a close, the door remains closed for new exploration and production (E&P) contracts in Mexico’s oil and gas sector, with little visibility as to when they might resume. With bid rounds, farmout tenders and service contract migrations frozen until further notice by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, upstream activity will in…

December 29, 2020
Colorado Officials to Ramp Up Ozone Controls on Natural Gas, Oil Industry

Colorado Officials to Ramp Up Ozone Controls on Natural Gas, Oil Industry

Colorado officials have agreed to enact more stringent regulations on ozone emissions from sectors including oil and natural gas at the instruction of Gov. Jared Polis. The commitment follows a review of air quality data from 2018-2020 which showed that despite a downward trend in ozone concentrations, the Denver Metropolitan/North Front Range (DMNFR) area remains…

December 28, 2020
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