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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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Argentina Natural Gas Production Down Again in June

Argentina Natural Gas Production Down Again in June

Natural gas production in Argentina decreased by 10% year/year in June to 126 million cubic meters/day (MMm3/d), or 4.45 Bcf/d, according to the latest report by the IAE Argentine Energy Institute. Analysts attributed the drop to restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic and “a level of demand notably different from the same month…

August 6, 2020
Continuity of Mexico’s Energy Reform at Risk as AMLO Doubles Down on Threats

Continuity of Mexico’s Energy Reform at Risk as AMLO Doubles Down on Threats

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent a memorandum to energy sector regulators underlining his government’s commitment to undo changes made during the previous administration while continuing to strengthen state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).  The eight-page memorandum, reviewed by NGI’s Mexico GPI, was dated July…

August 4, 2020
TC Energy Pushes Back Tula-Villa de Reyes In-Service Date to 2021

TC Energy Pushes Back Tula-Villa de Reyes In-Service Date to 2021

TC Energy Corp. expects the phased entrance into service of the 886 MMcf/d Tula-Villa de Reyes pipeline in Mexico to occur in the first half of 2021. The delayed pipeline has been further held back by coronavirus contingency measures, which have impeded granting work authorizations because of administrative closures, executives said Thursday during a second…

July 30, 2020
Hess Sees Bakken Oil Production Climb 26% in 2Q

Hess Sees Bakken Oil Production Climb 26% in 2Q

Hess Corp. saw net production from its acreage in the Bakken Shale increase to 194,000 boe/d in the second quarter compared with 140,000 boe/d in the prior-year quarter, with net oil output up 26% to 108,000 b/d. The New York City-based independent attributed the performance to increased wells online and improved well performance. Total second…

July 30, 2020
Despite Covid-19, Oil Curtailments, Pemex Maintains Production Rates in 2Q

Despite Covid-19, Oil Curtailments, Pemex Maintains Production Rates in 2Q

Mexico’s Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) held steady its oil and gas production in the second quarter despite major upheaval in oil markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Liquid hydrocarbons production was 1.693 million b/d in the second quarter, flat compared with year-ago output of 1.690 million b/d.  The figure included the 100,000 b/d of output shut-in…

July 28, 2020
IEnova ‘Confident’ in ECA LNG Project Progress Despite Coronavirus Challenges

IEnova ‘Confident’ in ECA LNG Project Progress Despite Coronavirus Challenges

The Energía Costa Azul (ECA) natural gas export project in Mexico’s Baja California is still waiting on an export approval, Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) executives said Thursday. During a second quarter earnings call, the commitment to the project was reiterated, but there was no fixed date set for when the company expected the export permit…

July 24, 2020
IEnova’s ECA LNG Project Still Awaiting Mexico Export Permit

IEnova’s ECA LNG Project Still Awaiting Mexico Export Permit

The Energía Costa Azul (ECA) natural gas export project in Mexico’s Baja California is still waiting on an export approval, Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) executives said Thursday. During a second quarter earnings call, the commitment to the project was reiterated, but there was no fixed date set for when the company expected the export permit…

July 23, 2020
Natural Gas Generation Nabs Growing Share of Installed U.S. Microgrid Capacity

Natural Gas Generation Nabs Growing Share of Installed U.S. Microgrid Capacity

Natural gas-based generation made up 30% of installed microgrid capacity in the United States in 2019, according to research from Wood Mackenzie. Last year saw a record 546 microgrids installed in the country, according to the firm’s analysis. Wood Mackenzie analysts see natural gas as a percentage of annually installed microgrid capacity rising to 38%…

July 22, 2020
Mexico’s Cenagas Opens Call for Natural Gas Supply Bids to Maintain System Balance

Mexico’s Cenagas Opens Call for Natural Gas Supply Bids to Maintain System Balance

Mexico’s national pipeline operator Centro Nacional de Control del Gas Natural (Cenagas) has opened a second bidding for natural gas supply to ensure the Sistrangas pipeline system maintains system balance. Cenagas wants to guarantee “the balance and operation of the system to ensure the continuity of natural gas supply in the country,” it said. The…

July 21, 2020
Argentina Natural Gas Production Falls 9.2% in May

Argentina Natural Gas Production Falls 9.2% in May

Natural gas production in Argentina decreased by 9.2% year/year in May to 124.4 million cubic meters/day (MMm3/d), or 4.39 Bcf/d, according to the latest report by the IAE Argentine Energy Institute. Analysts blamed the movement restrictions in place because of Covid-19 leading to lower activity and reduced demand. Argentina has had one of the strictest…

July 21, 2020
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