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Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Oil analysts are worried as…

Will Mexico’s Next President Kill Its Oil Sector?

Will Mexico’s Next President Kill Its Oil Sector?

As Mexico’s presidential election looms,…

Geopolitics / South America

What Mexico’s “Pemex Reform” Really Means

What Mexico’s “Pemex Reform” Really Means

Dec 19, 2013 at 21:50 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Mexico’s Senate on 11 December—after a 19-hour session—approved legislation to modernize the energy sector and open it up to private investment, though some of the bill’s points are…

Amid Declining Latin American Output, Colombian Oil is Booming

Amid Declining Latin American Output, Colombian Oil is Booming

Dec 10, 2013 at 17:11 | Nick Cunningham

Oil production has been stagnating or declining in many Latin American countries (Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Ecuador), but Colombia is quietly ramping up production. Colombia’s oil production lagged over the…

Chile, Bachelet and the Ostensible ‘Lurch to the Left’

Chile, Bachelet and the Ostensible ‘Lurch to the Left’

Nov 29, 2013 at 15:58 | Southern Pulse

Bottom Line: How far left will Bachelet take Chile? Not as far as it might seem in the face of continual political stalemate.

China Optimistic on Peru Outlook, but Other Investors Wary

China Optimistic on Peru Outlook, but Other Investors Wary

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:55 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: China’s optimism as it enters final talks to acquire Petrobras’ assets in Peru is not shared yet with other potential foreign investors as the country fails to make…

Elections in Argentina May Quicken Investment Pace

Elections in Argentina May Quicken Investment Pace

Oct 25, 2013 at 16:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: Opposition to the economic policies of President Cristina Fernández Kirchner will translate into votes for anti-kirchneristas, and may contribute to a quicker pace of investment going into 2014.

Push-Back from Investors Improves Libra Prospects

Push-Back from Investors Improves Libra Prospects

Oct 18, 2013 at 16:41 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: In its final rules for the Libra auction scheduled for 21 October, the government of Brazil loosened the mandate to permit the winning bidder to retain 50% of…

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: China likely to stake a claim off Brazil’s coast through Libra pre-salt auction, but at a potentially high environmental cost for Brazil.Analysis: Given the small field…

Risks Abound in Mexico’s New Oil Laws

Risks Abound in Mexico’s New Oil Laws

Aug 29, 2013 at 17:01 | Global Risk Insights

Much has been made of the recent announcement that Mexico is seeking to update its oil laws, allowing foreign companies a role in the industry for the first time…

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:30 | Southern Pulse

On 17 July, Nicaragua announced that US-based Noble Energy would invest $30 million in drilling two offshore wells in the Caribbean—launching Nicaragua’s first-ever oil exploration. The wells will be drilled…

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Mexico proceeds towards oil and gas liberalization and the modernization of state-run Pemex, it’s taking steps to lure in private companies by lifting restrictions on registering the…

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