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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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Natural Gas Volatility Reigns as North American Summer Nears – Mexico Spotlight

Natural Gas Volatility Reigns as North American Summer Nears – Mexico Spotlight

North American natural gas futures were choppy this week as the U.S. supply picture remained unclear and with summer heat just around the corner. Mexican buyers of U.S. gas, meanwhile, should expect even higher prices in the hot months ahead. After a steep three-day drop, the June New York Mercantile Exchange gas futures contract jumped…

May 12, 2022
Portland’s NW Natural Advances Renewable Natural Gas Business

Portland’s NW Natural Advances Renewable Natural Gas Business

Portland, OR-based natural gas utility NW Natural continues to build its renewable natural gas (RNG) portfolio as it moves to carbon neutrality by 2050. In January, the company started operations at an RNG facility in Lexington, Nebraska in conjunction with Tyson Foods Inc. and BioCarbN. Construction on a second facility has begun with commissioning slated…

May 12, 2022
Coterra Energy Searching for Opportunities in ‘Crowded LNG Market’

Coterra Energy Searching for Opportunities in ‘Crowded LNG Market’

Coterra Energy Inc.’s CEO Thomas Jorden called for the government and investors to provide the proper signals in response to an energy crisis “unlike anything the world has seen in almost 50 years.” In order for the U.S exploration and production (E&P) sector to “respond with increased U.S. supply, we need well-thought-out regulation and policies…

May 12, 2022
Brazil’s Petrobras Reports Lower LNG Imports, Falling Natural Gas Demand

Brazil’s Petrobras Reports Lower LNG Imports, Falling Natural Gas Demand

Brazilian national oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) saw falling natural gas demand and the need for fewer liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in the first quarter as rainfall replenished the nation’s reservoirs. Natural gas demand dropped to 67 million cubic meters/day (MMm3/d) in the first quarter, compared to 81 MMm3/d in the same period last…

May 10, 2022
Natural Gas Futures Shoot Past $8 as Supply Concerns Mount – Mexico Spotlight

Natural Gas Futures Shoot Past $8 as Supply Concerns Mount – Mexico Spotlight

North American natural gas prices charged ahead this week amid worries over longer term supplies. In Mexico, meanwhile, natural gas demand is growing despite the higher prices. On Wednesday, the June New York Mercantile Exchange gas futures contract jumped 46.1 cents day/day and settled at $8.415/MMBtu. July rose 44.7 cents to $8.472. “U.S. production underwhelming,…

May 5, 2022
Coterra CEO Says Government, Investors Must Do More to Encourage Production Growth

Coterra CEO Says Government, Investors Must Do More to Encourage Production Growth

Coterra Energy Inc.’s CEO Thomas Jorden called for the government and investors to provide the proper signals in response to an energy crisis “unlike anything the world has seen in almost 50 years.” In order for the U.S exploration and production (E&P) sector to “respond with increased U.S. supply, we need well-thought-out regulation and policies…

May 4, 2022
Mexico’s Pemex Reduces Natural Gas Flaring, Ups Production in Q1

Mexico’s Pemex Reduces Natural Gas Flaring, Ups Production in Q1

Executives at Mexico’s national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said in an earnings call Monday that work toward improving natural gas use and lowering emissions is starting to pay off. Pemex reported a 42% improvement in natural gas capture in the first quarter. The company was able to use 91.6% of gas produced, flaring off…

May 2, 2022
Natural Gas Prices Pressured to Upside as Global Market Squeezed by Russia – Mexico Spotlight

Natural Gas Prices Pressured to Upside as Global Market Squeezed by Russia – Mexico Spotlight

Natural gas futures crossed $7.00/MMBtu again this week, and global supply worries gained traction when Russia said it was cutting off gas access to Poland and Bulgaria. Rystad Energy analysts said the action by Russia “should be viewed as a precedent.” Meanwhile, U.S. natural gas production also failed to find momentum, dropping to around 93…

April 28, 2022
Hess Giving ‘Serious Consideration’ to Adding Bakken Rig to Boost Oil Supply

Hess Giving ‘Serious Consideration’ to Adding Bakken Rig to Boost Oil Supply

U.S. independent Hess Corp. expects to add a fourth rig to its Bakken Shale activity by the end of this year, but the company continues to prioritize capital discipline. “As our portfolio becomes increasingly free cash flow positive in the coming years we commit to return up to 75% of our annual free cash flow…

April 28, 2022
Mexico’s CFE Looking for Firm to Develop Natural Gas Pipeline in Baja California

Mexico’s CFE Looking for Firm to Develop Natural Gas Pipeline in Baja California

Mexico’s state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has launched a tender for natural gas transport infrastructure in Baja California state. CFE is looking for the line to start at either the Sásabe-Guaymas pipeline in Caborca, Sonora or at the SoCal-Ehrenberg interconnection on the El Paso Natural Gas pipeline in Ehrenberg, Arizona. From there, the…

April 26, 2022
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