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Christopher Lenton

Christopher joined NGI as a Senior Editor for Mexico and Latin America in November, 2018. Prior to that, he was a Senior Editorial Manager at BNamericas in Santiago, Chile. Based out of Santiago, he has covered Latin American energy markets since 2009 as a reporter, editor and analyst. He has an MA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and a BA in International Studies from Trinity College.

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Permian Basin Boom Widening Waha Natural Gas Price Difference to Henry Hub

Permian Basin Boom Widening Waha Natural Gas Price Difference to Henry Hub

Natural gas prices at the Waha pricing point in West Texas continue to offer an attractive long-term option for offtakers, according to an analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Since late 2021, the difference “has been widening” between the natural gas price at Waha and the Henry Hub benchmark in Louisiana, researchers said.…

September 23, 2022
North American NatGas Futures on Downward Swing Despite Russian Military Mobilization – Mexico Spotlight

North American NatGas Futures on Downward Swing Despite Russian Military Mobilization – Mexico Spotlight

Natural gas prices again showed volatility this week as news of Russia potentially pouring more into the war effort warned of further disruptions to energy markets. After five sessions of losses, the October Nymex gas futures contract settled at $7.779/MMBtu on Wednesday, up 6.2 cents day/day. November gained 5.5 cents to $7.827. But then a…

September 22, 2022
Waha Natural Gas Price Trading at Increasing Discount to Henry Hub, Bolstering Mexico

Waha Natural Gas Price Trading at Increasing Discount to Henry Hub, Bolstering Mexico

Natural gas prices at the Waha pricing point in West Texas continue to offer an attractive long term option for offtakers, including in Mexico, according to analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Since late 2021, the difference “has been widening” between the natural gas price at Waha and the Henry Hub benchmark in…

September 20, 2022
As Some Nations Move to Permit Fracking, Colombia Takes Steps to Ban Unconventional Technique

As Some Nations Move to Permit Fracking, Colombia Takes Steps to Ban Unconventional Technique

Colombia’s state oil and gas firm Ecopetrol SA has decided to pause its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pilots for 90 days. Ecopetrol was involved in two horizontal drilling pilot programs, Kalé and Platero, in conjunction with ExxonMobil. Colombia has 55 Tcf of technically recoverable shale gas resources, which would place it fifth in South America, according…

September 19, 2022
U.S. Rail Strike Possibility Leads to Huge Swings in Natural Gas Prices – Mexico Spotlight

U.S. Rail Strike Possibility Leads to Huge Swings in Natural Gas Prices – Mexico Spotlight

The October Nymex natural gas futures contract spiked 83.0 cents day/day on Wednesday to surge above $9.00/MMBtu. It then plummeted back to earth on Thursday as rumors of a potential railway workers strike faded in the United States. The news “that a strike has likely been averted triggered the start of selling early this morning,…

September 15, 2022
Mexico-U.S. Energy Tensions Ease As Focus Shifts to Shared Opportunities

Mexico-U.S. Energy Tensions Ease As Focus Shifts to Shared Opportunities

Energy sector tensions between the United States and Mexico have quieted in recent days as both sides work to change the narrative towards cooperation.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Antony Blinken were in Mexico City on Monday to speak to top officials, including Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Orador, in what…

September 13, 2022
Oil, Gas Industry Expresses Concern Over Changes at Mexico’s Upstream Regulator

Oil, Gas Industry Expresses Concern Over Changes at Mexico’s Upstream Regulator

Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Companies Association (AMEXHI) has urged the country’s Senate to expedite the appointment of a new head at upstream regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH). Former head Rogelio Hernández’s resignation was made public last week, meaning the CNH now has three active members. By law, the CNH requires four commissioners for duties to be…

September 12, 2022
Bears Gain Upper Hand in North American Natural Gas Market; Supreme Court Denies Sener – Mexico Spotlight

Bears Gain Upper Hand in North American Natural Gas Market; Supreme Court Denies Sener – Mexico Spotlight

North American natural gas futures dropped below $8.00/MMBtu this week as U.S. natural gas production neared an all-time high of around 100 Bcf/d. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision maintaining emissions limits at turbines at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s LNG facilities further empowered bears. Cheniere’s Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas facilities currently…

September 8, 2022
Vaca Muerta Natural Gas to Fuel Planned Argentina LNG Project

Vaca Muerta Natural Gas to Fuel Planned Argentina LNG Project

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández unveiled Thursday an LNG project to export gas sourced from the prolific Vaca Muerta formation. The $10 billion project would be developed jointly by Argentine state oil firm YPF and Malaysian liquefied natural gas giant Petroliam Nasional Berhad, aka Petronas. “We have the energy that the world needs and will need…

September 7, 2022
Latin American National Oil Companies Booming, but Stymied by Politics

Latin American National Oil Companies Booming, but Stymied by Politics

National oil companies (NOCs) in Latin America enjoyed record profits in the second quarter on the back of high oil and gas prices, but they remain under pressure from governments facing economic crises. The high oil and gas price environment “has come with a downside which is that in the domestic market, it is very…

September 6, 2022
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