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Natural Gas Rules Cited in USMCA Complaint Against Mexico

Natural Gas Rules Cited in USMCA Complaint Against Mexico

The U.S. government is escalating its response to Mexico’s energy policies under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, alleging violation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and discriminatory treatment of U.S. energy companies. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai said Monday that her office is requesting dispute settlement consultations with Mexico under the free trade pact,…

July 20, 2022
COLUMN: Law Favors Marketers Unwilling to Accept Mexico Natural Gas Transport Terms

COLUMN: Law Favors Marketers Unwilling to Accept Mexico Natural Gas Transport Terms

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. A few weeks after Mexican Energy Minister Sener announced its strategy for optimizing capacity on the Sistrangas natural gas pipeline network, the…

July 15, 2022
Colombia’s Petro Promises to Revamp Nation’s Energy Sector

Colombia’s Petro Promises to Revamp Nation’s Energy Sector

Former Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro beat businessman and Tik-Tok star Rodolfo Hernández earlier this month to become Colombia’s first leftist president with promises to upend the country’s oil and gas sector. Petro proposes “a very significant change in the energy sector,” Sergio Guzman, the director of local risk consultancy Colombia Risk Analysis told NGI. During…

June 24, 2022
Future Sistrangas Open Seasons Could Favor Mexico’s CFE and Pemex, Expert Lawyer Says

Future Sistrangas Open Seasons Could Favor Mexico’s CFE and Pemex, Expert Lawyer Says

Potential future open seasons on Mexico’s Sistrangas national pipeline system could be designed to benefit the nation’s state-run energy companies Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to energy and regulatory lawyer Paulina Doen. “At the same time, given that both CFE and Pemex use the Sistrangas system, the open seasons could…

April 22, 2022
Southern Company Unit Sees ‘Foundational’ Natural Gas Role on Path to Net Zero

Southern Company Unit Sees ‘Foundational’ Natural Gas Role on Path to Net Zero

Natural gas, along with existing infrastructure, could underpin efforts by Southern Company Gas to reach net zero direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, according to a new study conducted by consulting firm ICF International Inc. “We are committed to finding sustainable clean energy solutions without burdening our customers,” said Southern Company Gas CEO Kim…

April 1, 2022
Mexico Said at Risk of High Natural Gas Prices, Shortages if U.S. Increases LNG Exports

Mexico Said at Risk of High Natural Gas Prices, Shortages if U.S. Increases LNG Exports

Mexico’s energy system relies heavily on U.S. natural gas and this could lead to price increases and supply shortfalls if the United States focuses more on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings Inc. If the U.S. increases gas exports to Europe as a result of Russia’s invasion of…

March 22, 2022
Will Russia-Ukraine Crisis Prompt Biden Administration Reset for Natural Gas and Oil Policy?

Will Russia-Ukraine Crisis Prompt Biden Administration Reset for Natural Gas and Oil Policy?

The backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine conflict could be an opportune time for the Biden administration to improve the United States’ oil and gas investment climate and bolster domestic energy security, the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and other industry organizations told NGI. NDPC’s Brady Pelton, vice president, said that Biden “has not really been a…

March 18, 2022
Appalachian Natural Gas Output Growth Said Threatened by Long-term ‘Uncertainties’

Appalachian Natural Gas Output Growth Said Threatened by Long-term ‘Uncertainties’

Higher natural gas prices were a positive for natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin in 2021, but ongoing “uncertainties” threaten the industry’s long-term growth prospects.

January 6, 2022
Uproar in Mexico’s Energy Sector as Long-Threatened Constitutional Reform Goes to Vote

Uproar in Mexico’s Energy Sector as Long-Threatened Constitutional Reform Goes to Vote

Ever since coming to power at the end of 2018, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to kill the energy reform of his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto. With his recent proposal to drastically overhaul the energy sector through a constitutional amendment, is this on the cusp of happening? Analysts at political risk group…

October 5, 2021
Column: Mexico LPG Price Meddling Could Squeeze Natural Gas Market Development

Column: Mexico LPG Price Meddling Could Squeeze Natural Gas Market Development

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. For most Mexicans, the word “gas” is not associated with natural gas, but with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a fuel used in…

August 6, 2021