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Geopolitics / South America

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Brazil’s Oil Profits to Fund Education, Healthcare

Aug 21, 2013 at 17:10 | Southern Pulse

Brazil’s decision to earmark 100% of profits from sub-salt production to education and healthcare is a major step toward assuaging public hostility stemming from perceived injustice on the part of…

US and China Battle it Out for Latin America

Jul 10, 2013 at 16:50 | ISN Security Watch

According to Robert Valencia, China is vying for greater economic influence in Latin America, to include possibly constructing and operating an alternative ‘Panama Canal’ through Nicaragua. One unanticipated consequence of…

BRAZIL: Petrobras Discoveries Mean More Debt

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:29 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Petrobras has made the largest-ever crude oil discovery in Brazil as estimates for the Libra field are doubled to as much as 12 billion barrels, but the company’s…

ARGENTINA: Govt Lashes Out at ‘Hidden Money’

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:25 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Argentina is hoping to reign in hidden money and redirect it to government coffers with a new “tax amnesty” as the black market exchange rate hits 5.2 pesos…

China to Build Panama Canal Bypass Through Nicaragua

Jun 10, 2013 at 16:59 | John Daly

One of the most extraordinary stories of the past decade largely overlooked by the U.S. media is how Central and Latin America have quietly escaped U.S. control since 9-11, as…

VENEZUELA: Lurching Towards Political Chaos and Recession

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Amid two major oil deals, Venezuela is lurching towards political chaos with the state oil company’s debts rivaling those of the federal government and socio-economic and political unrest…

COLOMBIA: Oil Pipelines Remain Constant Rebel Target

May 31, 2013 at 13:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Despite news of significant progress in peace talks between the government of Colombia and the rebel group FARC, guerrillas in the north and south of Colombia remain active.…

Venezuelan President Maduro Offers Olive Branch to Washington

May 27, 2013 at 17:07 | John Daly

To say that U.S. relations with Venezuela’s former President Hugo Rafael Chávez grew increasingly strained would be an understatement. But Chávez succumbed to cancer on 5 March, and the winds…

BRAZIL: Round 11 in Rio, Hot and Getting Hotter

May 17, 2013 at 14:16 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Rio’s 11th round of bidding for new concessions went down in an atmosphere of heavy competition, with Brazilian offshore acreage fast becoming some of the hottest oil and…

BRAZIL: Another Discovery for Karoon

May 10, 2013 at 14:43 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. (KAR) was already ripe for takeover last month, and a secondary discovery in Brazil last week adds some significantly unexpected value. Analysis:…

Paraguay: Positioned for the Long Game, 2 Picks

May 03, 2013 at 16:04 | Editorial Dept

Looking six months to a year down the road, there are two companies we’re watching closely because we think they’re about to hit pay oil in Paraguay. They’ve honed in…

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