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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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Mexico Planning Natural Gas Infrastructure Amid Rising Nearshoring, Power Demand – Spotlight

Mexico Planning Natural Gas Infrastructure Amid Rising Nearshoring, Power Demand – Spotlight

North American natural gas futures have been on a hot streak these past two weeks as warmer temperatures and tighter supplies provided market bulls with some optimism. Bucking the trend on Thursday, the New York Mercantile Exchange June contract settled at $2.657/MMBtu, down 18.5 cents day/day. Mexico imports of U.S. gas have, meanwhile, continued to…

May 23, 2024
End-Users, Suppliers Agree: Mexico Needs Domestic Natural Gas Price Indexes

End-Users, Suppliers Agree: Mexico Needs Domestic Natural Gas Price Indexes

Mexico needs to develop its own natural gas prices, industry participants said at a recent conference. Frisa Steel’s supply and procurement director Norma Rodriguez said “as a buyer it would be very useful to have a local index.” Frisa’s steel business in northern Mexico is expanding, including a new plant being built in García, Nuevo…

May 21, 2024
Mexico Natural Gas Potential Said ‘Massive’ with Right Policy Changes

Mexico Natural Gas Potential Said ‘Massive’ with Right Policy Changes

Mexico’s recent widespread blackouts serve as a warning in failed policies for the current and incoming governments, but solutions are available, experts said Thursday.  Speaking in San Antonio, TX, at the 10th Mexico Gas Summit organized by Industry Exchange, Grupo Alfa’s Rodolfo Gamboa, vice president for Energy said, “The impending energy crisis that we are…

May 20, 2024
Regulatory Overhaul Said Key to Upgrading Mexican Energy System

Regulatory Overhaul Said Key to Upgrading Mexican Energy System

Improving Mexico’s energy fortunes may be as simple as changing the regulatory environment, experts said Thursday in San Antonio, TX. “Between banks and the capital markets, there is an infinite capacity to finance needs” in Mexico’s natural gas and energy sector, said Société Générale SA’s Adolfo Villareal, Energy Project Finance director of Corporate and Investment…

May 17, 2024
Blackouts in Mexico Sign of Long-Simmering Energy Sector Problems, Experts Say

Blackouts in Mexico Sign of Long-Simmering Energy Sector Problems, Experts Say

Mexico’s recent widespread blackouts serve as a warning in failed policies for the current and incoming governments, but solutions are available, experts said Thursday.  Speaking in San Antonio, TX, at the 10th Mexico Gas Summit organized by Industry Exchange, Grupo Alfa’s Rodolfo Gamboa, vice president for Energy said, “The impending energy crisis that we are…

May 16, 2024
Mexico Natural Gas Market Resilient Amid Blackouts, but Power System Reliability Dented – Spotlight

Mexico Natural Gas Market Resilient Amid Blackouts, but Power System Reliability Dented – Spotlight

Widespread blackouts in Mexico earlier this week hit 21 states and sent the electric power system into emergency status – but the natural gas market was largely unimpeded. Power system operator Cenace said the failures on Tuesday (May 7) were caused by soaring demand amid scorching temperatures. Some Cómision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) natural gas…

May 9, 2024
EOG Staying Active, Bullish Longer Term on North American Natural Gas Market

EOG Staying Active, Bullish Longer Term on North American Natural Gas Market

Multi-basin exploration and production firm EOG Resources Inc. is managing its natural gas program to align with demand dynamics, management said in its first quarter earnings call. “While we expect the natural gas market to remain soft through the end of this quarter, much like last year, we expect it to strengthen through the second-half…

May 7, 2024
Mexico Imports of U.S. Natural Gas Surge as Domestic Production Sputters – Spotlight

Mexico Imports of U.S. Natural Gas Surge as Domestic Production Sputters – Spotlight

North American natural gas futures worked their way above $2.00/MMBtu this week amid tighter U.S. production and storage levels. Mexico imports, meanwhile, of U.S. natural gas have started to hit their stride in the lead-up to summer. Over the last 10 days, Mexico imported 7.38 Bcf/d of natural gas via pipeline from the United States,…

May 2, 2024
Pemex’s Natural Gas Production Slumps as Mature Fields Decline

Pemex’s Natural Gas Production Slumps as Mature Fields Decline

Mexico’s state oil and gas giant Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, reported a 7.5% year/year drop in natural gas production in the first quarter as the country’s aging offshore oil fields showed weaker output. Natural gas production, including from partners, was 3.836 Bcf/d in the first quarter, down 312 MMcf/d compared to the comparable period in…

April 30, 2024
LNG Said Vital for Argentina’s Vaca Muerta to Reach Potential

LNG Said Vital for Argentina’s Vaca Muerta to Reach Potential

Argentina’s vast natural gas resources would only be fully developed with an LNG export facility, according to experts who spoke at a recent energy conference. “Clearly we think we need to develop the regional market,” said Pampa Energía’s director of commercialization and midstream, Santiago Patrón. The executive at one of Argentina’s top natural gas producers…

April 26, 2024
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