South & Central America
Bolivia’s fight for the sea will impact energy sector
3 May 2013
Bolivia's case against Chile at the UN's International Court of Justice to reclaim sovereign access to the sea has important implications for the Latin American gas trade and Bolivia’s energy sector
Argentina pays price for asset grab nationalisation
24 April 2013
The past 12 months show that nationalisation of YPF has been disastrous for both the company and the country
Maduro's presidency leaves little hope for oil companies
24 April 2013
When a stagnant economy and a moribund energy sector, Venezuela needs pragmatism rather than politics. But Maduro's elevation to the presidency leaves little room for hope
Oil industry tests Venezuela as election kicks off
3 April 2013
After more than a year of nearly non-stop campaigning, Venezuelans could be forgiven for suffering from election fatigue
Carroll book looks at Hugo Chávez: The lord of misrule
21 March 2013
Rory Carroll’s clinical assessment of Hugo Chávez’s legacy is both an indictment of the comandante and a love letter to Venezuela
Oil industry counts cost of Chávez inheritance
20 March 2013
Chávez left behind a mixed legacy for Venezuela, now the country must move forward
Post-Chávez era holds potential perils and promise
20 March 2013
The post-Chávez era holds potential perils and promise for investors from Houston to Beijing to Moscow
Americas Petrogas find extends Vaca Muerta potential
27 February 2013
Argentine focused explorer has discovered a light find at the Totoral Block
Expansion of Brazil's ports key to oil industry growth
18 February 2013
At the mouth of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Guanabara Bay, a queue of ships waiting to berth at the city's main port shows the strain rapid economic growth in recent years has putting on Brazil's infrastructure
Petrobras fuel price increase doesn’t go far enough
4 February 2013
The state owned company announced an increase in fuel prices, however analysts say it isn't enough
Oil industry watches as Venezuelan drama unfolds
9 January 2013
President Hugo Chávez's health crisis is providing uncertainty for Venezuela
Brazil takes step closer to new licensing rounds
12 November 2012
Reforms have finally passed allowing changes to the energy sector
Latin America running on empty with a lack of reserves
31 October 2012
Latin America does not have a well-established infrastructure of strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs), with Chile the only country so far to seriously consider establishing such a facility
Hugo Chávez retains power in Venezuelan election
24 October 2012
As Hugo Chávez retains power in Venezuela, what do the next six years hold for the country’s energy sector?
Continued risk to sustainability of Colombian oil industry
24 October 2012
After a years-long oil boom, Colombia needs to open up new frontier plays to become a major regional energy player
Transocean gets Frade reprieve as court lifts injunction
3 October 2012
If not lifted, the injunction would have forced the company to shut its operations
Peru’s balancing act between industry and domestic demands
26 September 2012
The country’s resources sector has seen growth surge over the past decade, making it one of Latin America’s most attractive destinations for foreign investment. But that success has also sparked a backlash. Justin Jacobs looks at how Peru is reconciling the needs of industry with a growing chorus of domestic demands
Argentina’s hydrocarbon commission to take on Gas Plus
6 September 2012
The Argentine government has launched its powerful new hydrocarbons commission, which will be tasked with regulating investment and setting prices in the energy sector
Local content rules send costs higher in Brazil
16 August 2012
Requirements are contributing to cost inflation in the country's oil and gas sector
Venezuela nears World Bank arbitration court exit
19 July 2012
Venezuela to exit World Bank’s international court in latest blow to investors
Brazil's targets need to be realistic and practical
6 July 2012
Petrobras’ new chief executive, Maria das Graças Foster, has already made her mark at the Brazilian company. The former chemical engineer has said Brazil can become a leading oil producer, but must temper its expectations, saying targets need to be ‘realistic and practical’
Argentina’s GyP seeks spot on Toronto exchange
29 June 2012
The company is seeking funds to develop shale resources in the Argentine province of Neuquén
Venezuela’s election hots up with energy policy visions
21 June 2012
As Venezuela’s October election nears, president Hugo Chavez and his challenger Henrique Capriles Rodonski have started to outline different visions for the future of the country’s oil sector
Nationalisation need not be disruptive, say representatives
14 June 2012
Latin America's resource nationalisation need not be disruptive for private oil companies, a panel of international representatives concluded at Canada’s Global Petroleum Show in Calgary
Ecuador’s oil industry struggling to find its way
18 May 2012
Resource nationalism has returned to the fore in Latin America following the government takeover of YPF in Argentina
Bolivia’s gas conundrum as it celebrates six years nationalised
24 April 2012
On May Day, it will be six years since President Evo Morales nationalised Bolivia’s gas sector. The anniversary offers Morales the opportunity to hail the success of his strategy in boosting production, but has it also sown the seeds of the sector’s long-term decline?