Central & South America

Trinidad Offers to Pay for Venezuelan Gas with Humanitarian Supplies

Trinidad and Tobago would pay Venezuela for natural gas produced at an offshore development with humanitarian supplies like food and medicine, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said, to comply with a U.S. license prohibiting cash payments to the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Argentina Inks $540 Million Deal with Development Bank for Gas Projects

Argentina's government reached a $540 million deal with development bank CAF for the extension of natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure linked to the country's Vaca Muerta basin, Economy Minister Sergio Massa announced on Wednesday.

Jobo-Medellin Gas Pipeline Tabbed as Colombia’s Priority Project

(P&GJ) – The Canadian company Canacol Energy signed an agreement with the Shanghai Engineering and Technology Corp. (SETCO) consortium to build a gas pipeline. The 189-mile (289-km), 22-inch pipeline, from the Jobo gas processing facility to the city of Medellin, was declared part of the National Strategic Interest policy by the Colombian government.

US Issues License to Trinidad and Tobago to Develop Venezuela Offshore Gas Field

The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, U.S. and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela.

Argentina Pumps Record Shale Oil as Vaca Muerta Takes Off

Argentina posted record production of shale oil in December, the energy ministry said on Tuesday, as development of the country's huge Vaca Muerta shale formation fuels output gains.

Guyana's Oil Exports Double, with Europe Taking Half of Cargoes

Guyana's oil exports jumped 164% last year, boosted by growing output and demand for the newest Latin American oil producer's light sweet crudes, particularly in Europe, where thirsty refiners ramped up imports to replace Russian supplies.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Analysis: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Shale Boom Running Out of Road

Argentina’s booming shale production in Vaca Muerta, a formation that rivals the United States’ Permian Basin, is at risk of running out of road as infrastructure to handle the oil and gas nears capacity, threatening to put the brakes on rapid growth.

Argentina Bags $689 Million from Brazilian Bank for Vaca Muerta Pipeline Project

Argentina has secured financing of $689 million from Brazilian state development bank BNDES for the second stage of a crucial natural gas pipeline in the huge Vaca Muerta shale region, energy secretary Flavia Royon said on Monday.

Contract Awarded for Construction of 48-Mile Pipeline Near Buenos Aires

(P&GJ) — The Argentine operator Camuzzi Gas has awarded the Bahisa company a contract to build a 48-mile (72-km) gas pipeline from the city of Trenque Lauquen, west of Buenos Aires, to the city of America.

Excelerate Energy's LNG Plant in Argentina Could Be Completed by 2025

Excelerate Energy, a U.S. company that provides storage and regasification services for LNG globally, could complete its planned gas liquefaction plant in Argentina by 2025, according to an executive.

Pipeline Fire Ignited by Gas Leak Leaves Five Injured in Ecuador

Ecuadorean state oil company Petroecuador said on Thursday five people were injured in a fire caused by a leak in a pipeline that carries gas to a refinery in the South American country's Amazon region.

Trinidad Soon to Decide on Bids for Deepwater Gas Exploration Auction

Trinidad and Tobago's Cabinet will make a decision soon on bids submitted for four deepwater exploration blocks that are key to expanding its natural gas production, Energy Minister Stuart Young said.

Argentina’s YPF Nearly Triples Q3 Profit on Upped Production, Prices

Argentina's national oil company YPF reported on Wednesday it nearly tripled its third-quarter net profit compared to the same period last year as production and prices rose.

Gas Producer Pampa to Invest $550 Million in Vaca Muerta Shale Push Next Year

Pampa Energía, the third largest gas producer in Argentina's Neuquén basin, will invest $550 million in 2023 to increase its unconventional production from the huge Vaca Muerta shale formation, the firm's president Marcelo Mindlin said.

Trinidad Asks US to Allow Venezuelan Gas Imports for LNG Plant

The government of Trinidad and Tobago is asking the United States to authorize Venezuelan gas imports to restart an idled liquefaction train in the Caribbean nation, four sources close to the talks said.

Trinidad Plans LNG Hub to Help Caribbean Wean Off Oil

Trinidad and Tobago's state-owned gas company has started work on designing a small-scale LNG hub that could help the Caribbean move away from oil-based power generation

Argentina Readies Legislation to Advance Energy Sector, Including LNG Exports

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday said his government plans in coming days to submit legislation to the national congress that "would give certainty" to energy producers and help advance Argentina's LNG agenda.

TotalEnergies to Support New Gas Project in Argentina with 21-Mile Pipeline

The Fenix field will be developed through three horizontal wells, drilled from a new unmanned platform in 70 m (229 ft) water depth. The gas will be transported through a 35-km (21-mile) pipeline to the TotalEnergies-operated Véga Pleyade platform and treated onshore at the Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alfa plants, also operated by the company.

Pipeline Operator Oldelval to Invest $750 Million in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Pipeline

Argentine oil pipeline operator Oleoductos del Valle (Oldelval) will invest $750 million to double its transport capacity from the Vaca Muerta shale formation, the country's energy ministry announced Friday, hoping to boost exports and dollar reserves.

Sources: YPF, Petronas Expected to Enter Deal to Build New Gas Pipeline in Argentina

Argentine oil company YPF and Malaysian state energy firm Petronas are in talks over plans to build a new gas pipeline in the South American nation and an LNG plant, a source close to YPF told Reuters on Thursday.

Peru Court to Hear $4.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Repsol Over Pipeline Oil Spill

A Peruvian judge on Tuesday admitted a $4.5 billion lawsuit against Spanish oil firm Repsol SA, eight months after an underwater oil pipeline owned by the company caused a spill of over 10,000 barrels into the Pacific Ocean.

Exxon Mobil Awards TechnipFMC Contract for Gas to Energy Project in Guyana

TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract by an Exxon Mobil affiliate to provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation of subsea risers and pipelines for its gas-to-energy project in Guyana.

Venezuela's Oil Minister Denounces Attack on Gas Pipeline

Technical personnel at Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA and firefighters were putting out a fire on a natural gas pipeline in the country's east, Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said on Twitter on Sunday.

Argentina’s Gas Pipeline Project Receives Backing, Enters Construction Phase

Argentina will take a key step on Friday in the construction of a major new natural gas pipeline for its huge Vaca Muerta shale formation, vital to helping the South American country reverse a deep energy deficit that is costing it billions of dollars.

Russia’s War on Ukraine Rippling Through Latin America

In Latin America, the effects of the war in Ukraine are having a major impact on the fragile economies that are still gradually recovering from the pandemic.

Argentina Contracts Tenaris for 350-Mile Pipeline Project to Move Gas from Vaca Muerta

Energia Argentina has signed a contract with Tenaris to complete the 563-km (350-mile) Presidente Nestor Kirchner Gas Pipeline, which will transfer natural gas from the Vaca Muerta shale formation and allow Argentina to forgo costly LNG imports.

Sources: US to let Eni, Repsol Ship Venezuela Oil to Europe for Debt

Eni and Spain's Repsol SA could begin shipping Venezuelan oil to Europe as soon as next month to make up for Russian crude, resuming oil-for-debt swaps halted two years ago when Washington stepped up sanctions on Venezuela.

Argentina Announces Tender to Build New Vaca Muerta Gas Pipeline

Argentina has launched a tender process to build a new 563-km (350-mile) gas pipeline out of its huge Vaca Muerta shale formation that is estimated to cost $1.5 billion and take about 18 months of work to complete.

In Latin America, Peru Streaks Ahead in LNG Race to Europe as Trinidad Stumbles

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers try to take advantage of a global energy shift triggered by Europe's move to become independent from Russian gas, Latin America's only two LNG exporters are moving in opposite directions.