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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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U.S. Coal Market Fundamentals Said ‘Extremely Strong’ as Natural Gas Prices Soar

U.S. Coal Market Fundamentals Said ‘Extremely Strong’ as Natural Gas Prices Soar

The coal market is witnessing a resurgence in the United States as natural gas prices skyrocket and utilities turn to coal-powered generation, according to Alliance Resource Partners LP (ARLP) CEO Joseph Craft. “Commodity prices for each of our business segments have skyrocketed to levels not experienced in several years,” Craft said as second quarter earnings…

July 28, 2021
Mexico Oil, Natural Gas Production Rises in June

Mexico Oil, Natural Gas Production Rises in June

Natural gas production in Mexico totaled 3.87 Bcf/d in June, up from 3.59 Bcf/d in June 2020, according to the latest data from upstream regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH). The figure was also up compared to May, when Mexico produced 3.84 Bcf/d. State oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) supplied 3.63 Bcf/d of the total…

July 27, 2021
U.S. LNG Cargoes Delivered to Brazil Rising as Demand Breaks Records

U.S. LNG Cargoes Delivered to Brazil Rising as Demand Breaks Records

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes sourced from the United States are taking up an increasingly important share of Brazil’s booming import market, according to market research firm Kpler. Brazil saw its highest-ever level of LNG in June, when imports clocked in at 657,000 tons. This compared to zero cargoes last June and 184,000 tons received…

July 21, 2021
Mexico’s CFE in Dispute with WhiteWater Midstream Over Natural Gas Contracts

Mexico’s CFE in Dispute with WhiteWater Midstream Over Natural Gas Contracts

Mexican state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said it is looking into possible corruption related to natural gas contracts with WhiteWater Midstream LLC. CFE said that natural gas contracts signed in 2016 and 2017 under the previous Mexican administration are under investigation on both sides of the border for potential corrupt practices including influence…

July 20, 2021
Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline Poised to Become Main Import Option

Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline Poised to Become Main Import Option

The dynamics of the nascent Mexican natural gas market are shifting once again with the 2.6 Bcf/d Sur de Texas-Tuxpan marine pipeline on the cusp of becoming the main source of supply into Mexico. On July 13, the marine pipeline transported 1.339 Bcf into Mexico’s southeast, slightly below the 1.439 Bcf seen on the Ramones…

July 15, 2021
Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: July Imports Slip on Lower Demand

Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: July Imports Slip on Lower Demand

Imports of natural gas from the United States continue to dominate Mexico’s natural gas supply, but they have dropped slightly this month on lower demand. To date this month, Wood Mackenzie reported that Mexico imports from the United States were 6.7 Bcf/d, 2% lower than in June. NGI calculations had the 10-day average through Thursday…

July 8, 2021
National Grid Forecasting New York City, Long Island Natural Gas Shortfall in Coming Winters

National Grid Forecasting New York City, Long Island Natural Gas Shortfall in Coming Winters

National Grid believes that there will be a gas shortfall in lower New York state in the winter of 2022-2023 if new infrastructure projects aren’t able to go ahead. Without new infrastructure, a gap of 9,000 Dth/d would open up and continue to grow to a gap of 518,000 Dth/d in 2035-2036, the utility said.…

July 8, 2021
Mexico ‘Avoids Environmental Damage’ in GOM Fire while Talos to Explore Zama Decision

Mexico ‘Avoids Environmental Damage’ in GOM Fire while Talos to Explore Zama Decision

Mexico’s state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said an investigation is underway following a fire last Friday (July 2) near one of its Gulf of Mexico (GOM) platforms in the Ku, Maloob and Zaap (KMZ) megafield. Images of the eye-shaped fire went viral on social media as ships dowsing water on the flames appeared to…

July 6, 2021
New Mexico Well Cleanup Opportunity Seen as Potentially ‘Tremendous’ Boost to Economy

New Mexico Well Cleanup Opportunity Seen as Potentially ‘Tremendous’ Boost to Economy

New Mexico’s economy could get a significant boost if oil and gas producers were to promptly remediate the unplugged oil and gas wells on state trust and private lands, according to economic research firm O’Donnell Economics. A cleanup effort would pump $8.2 billion into the New Mexico economy and support 65,337 job years, or the…

July 1, 2021
Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: Bull Ride Continues as Temperatures Soar

Mexico Natural Gas Market Spotlight: Bull Ride Continues as Temperatures Soar

This week was yet another reminder of the interconnectedness of energy markets as soaring temperatures in disparate parts of the Pacific Northwest in the United States and tight market conditions drove natural gas prices for Mexican end-users higher. Nymex futures rose for eight straight trading days through Thursday, with the August futures contract settling 1.1…

July 1, 2021
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