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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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Texas Broke Natural Gas Production Record in 2022, with Further Growth Expected

Texas Broke Natural Gas Production Record in 2022, with Further Growth Expected

Texas produced 11.2 Tcf of natural gas last year, a new record, according to the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). Natural gas production in Texas dwarfed other states. Pennsylvania at 7.6 Tcf was the second highest producer in 2022, followed by Alaska (3.6 Tcf), Louisiana (3.6 Tcf) and Oklahoma (2.7 Tcf). In…

January 30, 2023
Energy-Intensive Nearshoring Industries Seen as Transformative Opportunity for Mexican Economy 

Energy-Intensive Nearshoring Industries Seen as Transformative Opportunity for Mexican Economy 

The massive opportunities presented by nearshoring were all the rage at a packed energy conference in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on Wednesday. Industry Exchange LLC’s 8th Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum kicked off with government officials and executives expounding on the theme. Nuevo León Economy Secretary Iván Rivas said, “We will do everything to take advantage of…

January 25, 2023
Influenced by LNG, Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price Hit 14-Year High in 2022

Influenced by LNG, Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price Hit 14-Year High in 2022

U.S. natural gas prices have had a remarkably soft winter so far, but the whole of 2022 tells a completely different story. In 2022, the wholesale U.S. natural gas spot price at Henry Hub averaged $6.45/MMBtu, the highest level since 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) based on data from Refinitiv Eikon. This…

January 20, 2023
North American Natural Gas Prices Slumping as Cross-Border Market ‘Gaining Dynamism’ – Mexico Spotlight

North American Natural Gas Prices Slumping as Cross-Border Market ‘Gaining Dynamism’ – Mexico Spotlight

North American natural gas prices continued to be pressured lower toward the $3.00/MMBtu mark this week as U.S. production remained strong amid warmer than usual temperatures. On Thursday, the February New York Mercantile Exchange contract declined 3.6 cents day/day and settled at $3.275/MMBtu. Gas for delivery in March managed a 1.3-cent gain to $3.124. Mexico…

January 19, 2023
New York Governor Proposes Natural Gas Ban in New Buildings Starting in Two Years

New York Governor Proposes Natural Gas Ban in New Buildings Starting in Two Years

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has proposed banning natural gas hookups in new building constructions statewide starting in 2025. During her ‘State of the State’ address on Tuesday (Jan. 10), she called for no on-site fossil fuel combustion by 2025 for smaller buildings, and by 2028 for larger buildings. This would be a more…

January 19, 2023
Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Production Helping Counteract Bolivia’s Natural Gas Decline

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Production Helping Counteract Bolivia’s Natural Gas Decline

Bolivian gas was once the beating heart of South America’s natural gas production, with powerhouse neighbors Argentina and Brazil relying on the landlocked country’s pipeline shipments to keep the lights on. But this is seen coming to an end. Bolivian gas production will decline more rapidly than expected, falling from 1.4 Bcf/d in 2022 to…

January 18, 2023
Bolivia Fading as Natural Gas Exporter to South America

Bolivia Fading as Natural Gas Exporter to South America

Bolivian gas was once the beating heart of South America’s natural gas production, with powerhouse neighbors Argentina and Brazil relying on the landlocked country’s pipeline shipments to keep the lights on. But this is seen coming to an end. Bolivian gas production will decline more rapidly than expected, falling from 1.4 Bcf/d in 2022 to…

January 17, 2023
Mexico Natural Gas Buildout Continues Amid ‘Apparent Structural Recovery’ in Production 

Mexico Natural Gas Buildout Continues Amid ‘Apparent Structural Recovery’ in Production 

The past year marked a renewed sense of collaboration between Mexico’s state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and private sector energy firms, resulting in the sanctioning of new natural gas infrastructure projects and agreements to advance stalled ones. Meanwhile, Mexico’s pipeline natural gas imports from the United States were down year/year during summer,…

January 13, 2023
North American Natural Gas Prices Start Year Slowly, Forecast to Fall in 2023 – Mexico Spotlight

North American Natural Gas Prices Start Year Slowly, Forecast to Fall in 2023 – Mexico Spotlight

North American natural gas price futures continued to be under $4.00/MMBtu this week. Meanwhile, forecasts for 2023 point to lower prices than last year, but with important regional differences. Henry Hub, a key pricing location for most of Mexico, is set to recover to average near $5/MMBtu for the first quarter of 2023, according to…

January 12, 2023
Global Reshuffle Presents 2023 Opportunities for Risk-Takers in Mexico’s Natural Gas Sector

Global Reshuffle Presents 2023 Opportunities for Risk-Takers in Mexico’s Natural Gas Sector

In 2023, Mexico’s natural gas industry will be shaped by public-private partnerships and the shifting landscape brought about by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Political risk for private and international firms, meanwhile, remains high. Last year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s team said they would carry out costly infrastructure works in conjunction with the private sector.…

January 10, 2023
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