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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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Black Bear Transmission Adds Natural Gas System to Southeast Portfolio

Black Bear Transmission Adds Natural Gas System to Southeast Portfolio

Houston-based Black Bear Transmission LLC has acquired a portfolio of natural gas transmission assets from a subsidiary of Third Coast Midstream LLC that span 1,400 miles in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The six intrastate pipeline system has capacity of more than 800 MMcf/d with interconnectivity to long-haul pipelines.  This is Black Bear’s second bolt-on acquisition.…

July 1, 2020
Mexican Oil, Natural Gas Production Down in May as OPEC Cuts Take Force

Mexican Oil, Natural Gas Production Down in May as OPEC Cuts Take Force

Mexico’s oil production fell to 1.64 million b/d in May compared to 1.66 million b/d in the year-ago period, according to new data provided by the country’s upstream watchdog Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH). Gas production in May was 3.61 Bcf/d, down from 3.82 Bcf/d last May. The figures are the first to reflect committed…

June 29, 2020
AMLO Denies Iberdrola Natural Gas Plant Cancellation as Tension with Private Sector Mounts

AMLO Denies Iberdrola Natural Gas Plant Cancellation as Tension with Private Sector Mounts

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied Thursday that Spain’s Iberdrola SA is pulling out of its planned $1.2 billion natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant in the port city of Tuxpan. “There is no official information. It’s a journalistic story,” López Obrador said during his daily press conference.  On Wednesday, Tuxpan Mayor Juan Antonio Aguilar, told…

June 25, 2020
Mexico Regulator Gives OK to Burgos Exploration Projects South of Texas Border

Mexico Regulator Gives OK to Burgos Exploration Projects South of Texas Border

Mexico’s upstream oil and gas regulator, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), has approved the appraisal plan by exploration and production firm Pantera Exploración y Producción to drill two wells in the Burgos Basin south of the Texas border.  One well is the Patriota-106DEL in Tamaulipas state, part of a modification to the evaluation program approved…

June 24, 2020
Mexico Regulator Gives Green Light to Deepwater, Burgos Exploration Projects

Mexico Regulator Gives Green Light to Deepwater, Burgos Exploration Projects

Mexico’s upstream oil and gas regulator, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), last Thursday approved drilling the Xakpún-1EXP deepwater exploration well by a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp., aka CNOOC. The J-shaped well plans to target light oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico’s Wilcox formation to a  total depth of 6,346 meters (20,820…

June 23, 2020
Argentina Freezes Gas, Power Rates, Mulls Price Floor for Gas Production

Argentina Freezes Gas, Power Rates, Mulls Price Floor for Gas Production

Argentina’s government announced on Friday it is freezing natural gas prices for users until the end of the year and will forbid canceling utility services even if users haven’t paid their bills. The move is part of the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that has stalled the economy and has kept much of the…

June 22, 2020
Permian Natural Gas Closer to More Mexico Outlets as Mirage Secures Financing

Permian Natural Gas Closer to More Mexico Outlets as Mirage Secures Financing

Mirage Energy Corp. has signed a $4 billion debt facility with the family office of Bluebell International to develop a natural gas project that would add cross-border capacity into Mexico and connect to the planned Permian Basin-to-Gulf Coast Whistler pipeline.

June 19, 2020
Mirage Says Financing Secured for Expanded Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline, Storage Project

Mirage Says Financing Secured for Expanded Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline, Storage Project

Mirage Energy Corp. has signed a $4 billion debt facility with the family office of Bluebell International to develop a natural gas project that would add cross-border capacity into Mexico, as well as the nation’s first underground gas storage facility.

June 18, 2020
FERC Proposes Five-Year Index Level for Interstate Oil Pipeline Rates

FERC Proposes Five-Year Index Level for Interstate Oil Pipeline Rates

FERC has issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) on its proposed index level used to calculate annual changes to interstate oil pipeline rate ceilings for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2021.

June 18, 2020
Complaint by U.S. Energy Industry’s API Adds to Growing List of Private Sector Concerns in Mexican Energy

Complaint by U.S. Energy Industry’s API Adds to Growing List of Private Sector Concerns in Mexican Energy

American Petroleum Institute (API) President Mike Sommers has sent a letter to U.S. officials expressing the group’s worry that recent actions by the Mexican government are hurting investors in the Mexican energy sector.

June 16, 2020