South & Central America
Tensions rise in Venezuela as protests continue
14 March 2014
A year after the death of Hugo Chávez, the movement he left behind is fighting for its survival without its comandante
Venezuela's Orinoco belt developments moving slowly
24 January 2014
New development of Venezuela’s vast heavy oil belt is moving like treacle
Opportunities as Vaca Muerta shows signs of life
24 January 2014
An end to the battle between Repsol and Argentina should spur development in one of the world's biggest shale oil plays
Peru plans Petroperú share sale to raise money for refinery
9 January 2014
Almost half of Petroperú's shares will go on the stock market
Crisis in Caracas as Venezuela's economy falters
29 November 2013
What do you do if you’re the leader of a country facing rampant inflation, shortages of basic goods such as milk and toilet paper, a dollar shortage and sinking popularity that threatens to drag down your party in upcoming local elections?
Brazil’s needs to invest $1 trillion to realise deep-water plans
13 November 2013
The country has drawn up plans to transform its energy sector, but serious investment is needed, says the IEA
Age of the independents for Latin America's energy sector
12 November 2013
Brazilian firm OGX's collapse into bankruptcy highlights the risks smaller companies face in Latin America's energy sector. But, as Justin Jacobs finds out, independent players can thrive in the region
Nationalisations return to Venezuela's oil industry
5 November 2013
Under late president Hugo Chávez, nationalisations were commonplace in Venezuela's oil patch. One of the most pressing questions facing investors since Nicolas Maduro, Chávez's hand-picked successor, won the presidency earlier this year has been whether he would continue the policy or seek to shape a more investor-friendly climate
Latin America struggles with energy integration
15 October 2013
Though the continent has plenty of energy resources, integrating them into a trans-continental energy network remains an elusive goal for the region’s governments
Changes for Ecuador's oil companies as China brings help
23 August 2013
Ecuador's state oil companies have restructured, there's new acreage, and China is bringing much needed funding
PdV: still struggling amid political changes
23 August 2013
Venezuela's state firm controls one of the world's biggest oil resources. Hamstrung by politics, it has failed to capitalise on it
Ecuador abandons deal to keep Amazon oil in the ground
20 August 2013
Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa said this week that his government is pulling out of a deal to keep oilfields in an environmentally sensitive swathe of the Amazon untouched
Argentina offers new shale investment incentives
16 July 2013
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has made a fresh bid to lure investment into its ailing oil and gas sector, writes Justin Jacobs
Trinidad and Tobago pins hopes on deep waters
1 July 2013
After years of frustration, new fiscal incentives and the latest licensing rounds has sparked fresh interest in deep-water exploration
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