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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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FERC Steps Up Energy Industry Oversight in 2021, With Eye on Uri

FERC Steps Up Energy Industry Oversight in 2021, With Eye on Uri

FERC’s enforcement activity in the energy sector increased in fiscal year 2021 and included investigations into possible market manipulation during Winter Storm Uri. “When I became chairman of the Commission last January, one of my top priorities was to ensure vigorous oversight and enforcement of the Commission-regulated markets,” said Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Chairman Richard…

November 24, 2021
Private Sector E&Ps Unearthing Mexico Oil and Gas as Commercial Phases Advance

Private Sector E&Ps Unearthing Mexico Oil and Gas as Commercial Phases Advance

New oil and gas auctions are stalled in Mexico, but that hasn’t stopped private sector companies from continuing to find success with their exploration and production (E&P) projects. The Ichalkil and Pokoch shallow water fields in Campeche Bay operated by Fieldwood Energy E&P México have officially begun commercial operations, the company said Monday. The fields…

November 23, 2021
Atmos Focusing Natural Gas Spending to Expand, Upgrade Distribution System

Atmos Focusing Natural Gas Spending to Expand, Upgrade Distribution System

Dallas-based natural gas distributor Atmos Energy Corp. is earmarking $13-14 billion in planned spending over the next five years on system replacements, expansions and environmental upgrades, executives said on a recent conference call. The Dallas-based natural gas-only distributor has more than three million customers in 1,400-plus communities across eight states, primarily in the South. The…

November 19, 2021
Natural Gas Industry Turns Gaze to DC Summit, Opportunity for Energy Cooperation – Mexico Spotlight

Natural Gas Industry Turns Gaze to DC Summit, Opportunity for Energy Cooperation – Mexico Spotlight

All eyes in Mexico’s energy sector were on Washington, DC on Thursday as President Biden hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the first summit of its kind since 2016. Ahead of the so-called “Three Amigos” summit, the Canadian Chamber of Congress, Mexican business group Consejo Coordinador Empresarial…

November 18, 2021
North Dakota’s Bakken Natural Gas, Oil Production Rises in September

North Dakota’s Bakken Natural Gas, Oil Production Rises in September

Oil and natural gas production in North Dakota, home to the Bakken Shale, rose in September over August. Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) director Lynn Helms issued the monthly Director’s Cut on Tuesday, which provides information about all of the wells capable of producing, as well as permit activity. Natural gas production in September averaged…

November 18, 2021
Another California City — San Diego — Phasing Out Natural Gas Use

Another California City — San Diego — Phasing Out Natural Gas Use

The city of San Diego, CA’s climate action plan is seeking to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2035 in part by phasing out natural gas use in new and existing buildings. Under the draft 2021 plan, natural gas would be banned in building construction starting in 2023, with an all-electric requirement in place at…

November 17, 2021
Colombia’s Ecopetrol Upping Oil, Natural Gas Production, Increasing Capex

Colombia’s Ecopetrol Upping Oil, Natural Gas Production, Increasing Capex

Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol SA has recovered from a production blip in the second quarter and is upping capital expenditures (capex) for 2022 executives said during a recent conference call. Months of anti-government protests starting in late April hampered oil and gas activity in the country in the first half of this year. However,…

November 16, 2021
Veracruz Salt Dome Natural Gas Storage Project Said ‘Probable’ – Mexico Spotlight

Veracruz Salt Dome Natural Gas Storage Project Said ‘Probable’ – Mexico Spotlight

Following a tricky 2021 that has included a major disruption to its natural gas supply, the Mexican government is advancing plans for strategic storage. Speaking Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico LDC Forum in San Antonio, TX, Gadex consultant Eduardo Prud’homme said “good discussions” were underway with a developer to build a salt dome storage facility in…

November 11, 2021
Mexico Flaring Problem Should be Solved by Markets, says Texas Railroad Commissioner

Mexico Flaring Problem Should be Solved by Markets, says Texas Railroad Commissioner

Calling natural gas flaring “a wasted resource,” Commissioner Jim Wright of the Railroad Commission of Texas said the problem in Mexico needs to be solved by improving markets. Speaking Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico LDC Forum in San Antonio, TX, Wright cited the fact that flaring was plunging in Texas and was now at half a…

November 10, 2021
MPL Exploring Low-Carbon LNG for Mexican Export Project

MPL Exploring Low-Carbon LNG for Mexican Export Project

Mexico Pacific Ltd. LLC (MPL) continues to advance its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project for the Pacific coast of the country. The company signed a collaboration agreement last week with ConocoPhillips LNG Licensing LLC and Bechtel. Together, the companies plan to work with construction firm Techint SA de CV to pursue “innovative lower carbon…

November 4, 2021
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