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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
Shell, TotalEnergies and Petrobras say Production Underway at Deepwater Megaproject off Brazilian Coast

Shell, TotalEnergies and Petrobras say Production Underway at Deepwater Megaproject off Brazilian Coast

First-phase production has begun at the immense Mero deepwater oil and natural gas field off the Brazilian coast. Mero is located in the Libra block, more than 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in the prolific pre-salt area of the Santos Basin. Libra is operated by Brazilian national oil company…

May 3, 2022
Brazil Natural Gas Market Said Ready for Growth Following Reforms

Brazil Natural Gas Market Said Ready for Growth Following Reforms

Market-friendly reforms and rising output from the offshore pre-salt region have laid the groundwork for Brazil’s natural gas market to grow, a panel of experts agreed at CERAweek in Houston. President Jair Bolsonaro last year signed a highly anticipated natural gas law aimed at opening up access to the pipeline network and promoting competition in…

March 14, 2022
Brazil’s Rainfall Cutting into LNG Imports, Offering Some Relief for Tight Global Market

Brazil’s Rainfall Cutting into LNG Imports, Offering Some Relief for Tight Global Market

A strong start to the rainy season in Brazil has boosted hydropower reservoirs and cut the nation’s need for liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, freeing up more of the super-chilled fuel for buyers in need across the world. A historic drought last year depleted Brazil’s reservoir levels to only 16.7% of capacity at one low…

January 27, 2022
Latin America Playing ‘Disruptive’ Role in Global LNG Market on Drought-Driven Demand Swings

Latin America Playing ‘Disruptive’ Role in Global LNG Market on Drought-Driven Demand Swings

Although headlines on current tightness in the global natural gas market have mostly focused on Europe, Latin America has played a role in the crisis as well, according to Columbia University’s Luisa Palacios. Palacios, a senior research scholar at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy, spoke to NGI’s senior Mexico and Latin America editor Christopher…

January 24, 2022
Excelerate Starts LNG Operations in Bahia as Brazil Imports Boom

Excelerate Starts LNG Operations in Bahia as Brazil Imports Boom

Floating specialist Excelerate Energy has started delivering natural gas to the Brazilian market at the Bahia regasification terminal in Salvador, Bahia. Excelerate’s floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Excelerate Sequoia has an LNG storage capacity of 173,400 cubic meters. Excelerate and Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) signed the lease contract at the end…

December 13, 2021
Brazil’s Petrobras Reports Surging Natural Gas Demand as Drought Limits Hydropower

Brazil’s Petrobras Reports Surging Natural Gas Demand as Drought Limits Hydropower

Brazilian national oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) reported a 43.5% year/year (y/y) increase in domestic natural gas sales volumes during the third quarter as severe drought limited hydroelectric output in the South American country. Gas sales totaled 89 MMm3/d, up from 62 MMm3/d in 3Q2020, management said in presenting the firm’s quarterly earnings. Petrobras relied…

November 2, 2021
LNG Demand in Latin America Continues Pulling Spot Cargoes Off the Market

LNG Demand in Latin America Continues Pulling Spot Cargoes Off the Market

Latin American liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand has had a record year in 2021 and it is not letting up, tightening a global gas market that has sent prices spiking around the world. Imports of LNG into Latin America for the first eight months of the year added up to 10.44 million tons, according to…

September 24, 2021
Excelerate Looks to Import More LNG to Brazil amid Historic Drought

Excelerate Looks to Import More LNG to Brazil amid Historic Drought

Floating specialist Excelerate Energy LP has reached a deal to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Brazil as the nation continues to deal with rising power demand amid a historic drought that has left hydroelectric reservoirs depleted. Under an initial deal struck with state-owned Petróleo Brasileiro SA, aka Petrobras, Houston-based Excelerate would deploy one of…

September 7, 2021
Argentina Natural Gas Output Rising Amid Impetus for Vaca Muerta-Brazil Pipeline

Argentina Natural Gas Output Rising Amid Impetus for Vaca Muerta-Brazil Pipeline

Natural gas production in Argentina rose for a second straight month in July as the country’s Plan Gas 4 tender scheme started to show results. “Thanks to Plan Gas 4, we are achieving great production results,” Energy Secretary Dario Martínez said. “We’re breaking production records and this allows us to continue growing the sector and…

August 30, 2021
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