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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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Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Boulder County has extended the existing moratorium on accepting and processing new oil and gas development applications and on seismic testing to December 31. The moratorium was put in place to give BOCC staff time to review and update the county’s oil and gas regulations in light of…

July 17, 2020
Latin American Oil, Natural Gas Companies Said Slashing Capex 30% in 2020

Latin American Oil, Natural Gas Companies Said Slashing Capex 30% in 2020

Latin America oil and natural gas companies will cut close to $8.3 billion in capital expenditures (capex) in 2020, or about 30% from original guidance for the year, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Brazilian national oil firm Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, Colombian state firm Ecopetrol SA and Mexico’s national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex)…

July 15, 2020
U.S.-Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline Exports Showing Resilience Despite Pandemic Complications

U.S.-Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline Exports Showing Resilience Despite Pandemic Complications

Even as the coronavirus rages on, impacting both natural gas demand and production, pipeline natural gas exports from the United States to Mexico continue to show strength. On July 8, U.S. piped exports to Mexico hit the 6.2 Bcf/d mark, the highest level ever reached in cross-border flows in a single gas day, according to…

July 14, 2020
Argentina Fetches Lowest Price in 12 Years for Full Complement of Winter LNG Cargoes

Argentina Fetches Lowest Price in 12 Years for Full Complement of Winter LNG Cargoes

Argentina’s state-owned Integración Energética Argentina (Ieasa) has purchased 28 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for the Southern Cone winter at a record price of $2.87/MMBtu on average, the company said on Monday. Despite growing domestic gas production from the Vaca Muerta formation and plans to develop large-scale LNG facilities, Argentina continues to import LNG in…

July 14, 2020
Mexico’s Energy Ministry Gives Talos, Pemex 120 Days to Hammer Out Details on Offshore Zama Field

Mexico’s Energy Ministry Gives Talos, Pemex 120 Days to Hammer Out Details on Offshore Zama Field

Mexico’s Energy Ministry (Sener) has ordered the unification of the Zama discovery offshore Mexico and has given Houston-based exploration and production company Talos Energy Inc. and Mexican state company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) 120 days to come up with terms of how to carry out joint development of the field. In May, Mexico upstream regulator Comisión…

July 9, 2020
AMLO, Trump Signal Value of Bilateral Relationship in Historic Meeting at White House

AMLO, Trump Signal Value of Bilateral Relationship in Historic Meeting at White House

The presidents of Mexico and the United States signed a joint declaration on Wednesday celebrating the visit of Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the White House and underlining the key relationship between the two nations. “There were those who thought our ideological difference would take us to confrontation,” López Obrador said in the…

July 8, 2020
Comstock Applies for New Haynesville Drilling Permits, Remains Bullish on NatGas

Comstock Applies for New Haynesville Drilling Permits, Remains Bullish on NatGas

Comstock Resources Inc., which works in the Haynesville and Bakken shales, filed in late June applications with the Texas Railroad Commissioner to drill four new wells in the natural gas-rich Haynesville Shale in East Texas. In a July 2020 investor presentation, Comstock highlighted favorable supply and demand fundamentals for natural gas with “sharp activity decline…

July 7, 2020
Vaca Muerta Showing Signs of Life as Argentina Considers Oil, Gas Incentive Bill

Vaca Muerta Showing Signs of Life as Argentina Considers Oil, Gas Incentive Bill

Oil and gas producers working in Argentina continued to increase activity in June, adding four rigs during the month, according to information from Baker Hughes Co.   Argentina had a total of six rigs running in June, compared to two in May and zero in April as the country had strict lockdown measures from the coronavirus…

July 7, 2020
EIA Sees Ramp-Up of U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico, Strengthening Waha Prices

EIA Sees Ramp-Up of U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico, Strengthening Waha Prices

The United States Energy Information Agency (EIA) said in a note on Monday that it expects Mexico natural gas exports to rise quickly with the entry into operation of the Villa de Reyes-Aguascalientes-Guadalajara (VAG) pipeline. The 890 MMcf/d VAG pipeline is the final stretch of a system that runs from the Permian Basin in West…

July 6, 2020
USMCA Takes Effect, Guaranteeing Zero-Tariff Trade in North America for U.S. Energy Producers

USMCA Takes Effect, Guaranteeing Zero-Tariff Trade in North America for U.S. Energy Producers

Officials in Mexico, the United States and Canada celebrated the launch of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday, as the revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) treaty took effect after two years of negotiations.  “USMCA will support and grow North American energy security by maintaining zero-tariff trade for crude oil, gasoline, kerosene-type jet fuel…

July 2, 2020