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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.

Mexico to Remain Vital Outlet for U.S. Natural Gas, Veteran Trader Says

Mexico to Remain Vital Outlet for U.S. Natural Gas, Veteran Trader Says

The continued development of Mexico’s natural gas market will be vital for U.S. suppliers over the coming years, according to NAmerico Energy Holdings LLC (NEH) President Jeff Welch. Welch spoke on a virtual panel Tuesday at the LDC Natural Gas Forum 2020. He noted that Mexico’s gas market is still in the nascent stages of…

November 10, 2020
Colorado Poised to Ban Routine Natural Gas Flaring, Venting

Colorado Poised to Ban Routine Natural Gas Flaring, Venting

Colorado regulators have given preliminary approval to a rule change that would make it the first Lower 48 state to prohibit routine venting and flaring of natural gas by upstream operators.* The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) last week voted 5-0 in favor of the Rule 903 changes, which are to go before…

November 10, 2020
Biden to Inherit Deepening Energy Sector Ties, Tension with Mexico

Biden to Inherit Deepening Energy Sector Ties, Tension with Mexico

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will take over the White House at a time of deepening energy integration between the United States and Mexico, the No. 1 destination for U.S. petroleum products and a growing market for U.S. natural gas exports. Tension has been growing between the two countries, however, over the state-centric energy…

November 9, 2020
U.S. Energy Industry Bracing for Change as Biden Becomes President-Elect

U.S. Energy Industry Bracing for Change as Biden Becomes President-Elect

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has become the president-elect and will take office in January, heralding a seismic shift in energy and climate policy from the executive branch. However, any major legislation could be stymied by a divided Congress, assuming Republicans retain their majority in the Senate, while executive actions could be challenged by a more…

November 9, 2020
Pioneer Natural Sees Federal Oil, Natural Gas Drilling Ban as Biggest Industry Exposure if Biden Hangs On

Pioneer Natural Sees Federal Oil, Natural Gas Drilling Ban as Biggest Industry Exposure if Biden Hangs On

Permian Basin heavyweight Pioneer Natural Resources Co.’s executive team sees a possible drilling ban on federal property as the biggest exposure facing the oil and gas industry if Joseph R. Biden Jr. hangs on to win the presidency, management said Thursday. Assuming that Republicans maintain a majority in the Senate, there “should be no effect…

November 5, 2020
Mexico’s CFE Defends Natural Gas Pipeline Renegotiations

Mexico’s CFE Defends Natural Gas Pipeline Renegotiations

Mexico’s state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) on Monday affirmed its stance that renegotiating five natural gas pipeline contracts would result in significant long-term savings for the firm. Spokesman Luis Bravo Navarro issued a statement responding to a widely publicized report by congressional auditor Auditoría Superior de la Federación (ASF). The ASF report…

November 4, 2020
Williams Reports Record Appalachian Natural Gas Volumes Amid Stronger Pricing

Williams Reports Record Appalachian Natural Gas Volumes Amid Stronger Pricing

Midstream giant Williams reported record natural gas gathering and processing (G&P) volumes in the Appalachian region during the third quarter, driven by higher prices in the region. Gross gathering volumes for the Northeast G&P segment rose 8% year/year (y/y) to 9.4 Bcf/d, while gross processing plant inlet volumes swelled by 17% to 1.4 Bcf/d, management…

November 3, 2020
Renegotiated Natural Gas Pipeline Contracts to Cost Mexico’s CFE $6.84B, Federal Auditor Says

Renegotiated Natural Gas Pipeline Contracts to Cost Mexico’s CFE $6.84B, Federal Auditor Says

The renegotiation by Mexico’s state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) of five firm natural gas capacity contracts will cost CFE an extra $6.84 billion over the duration of the contracts, according to a new report by congressional audit office Auditoría Superior de la Federación (ASF). This assessment contradicts declarations by President Andrés Manuel…

November 2, 2020
Enterprise Says Petchem Demand Robust, Forecasts Possible Oil Price Rebound Later in 2021

Enterprise Says Petchem Demand Robust, Forecasts Possible Oil Price Rebound Later in 2021

Midstream giant Enterprise Products Partners LP executives said Thursday demand for petrochemical products has stayed resilient through the coronavirus pandemic, and said oil prices could see a boost as early as next year. “The global economy is in the early stages of reopening from a self-imposed sudden stop due to Covid-19,” said Enterprise’s Jim Teague,…

October 28, 2020
DTE Spinning Off Midstream Natural Gas Unit From Utility Business

DTE Spinning Off Midstream Natural Gas Unit From Utility Business

DTE Energy’s board has approved a plan to spin off the nonutility natural gas pipeline, storage and gathering business, transforming the company “into a predominantly pure-play regulated electric and natural gas utility.” DTE Midstream would become an independent, publicly traded company under the planned transaction, the Detroit-based utility said Tuesday.  The separation would align “the…

October 27, 2020