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OPEC Threatens To Kill U.S. Shale

OPEC Threatens To Kill U.S. Shale

OPEC is ready to produce…

Geopolitics / South America

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…

Brazil’s Oil Profits to Fund Education, Healthcare

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

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

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’

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

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…

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