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Kwasi Kwarteng, UK Business and Energy Secretary is reported to have said on 20 September that “My task is to ensure that any energy supplier failures cause the least amount of disruption to consumers”.

Wholesale day-ahead gas prices in the UK are reported to have jumped some 9% on 20 September alone. The rise is as a result of a number of factors including increased demand in Asia, lower supplies of gas from Russia and increase in demand as countries emerge from lockdown restrictions and economies start to pick up once more.

Such rapid and significant price increases typically disproportionately impact smaller suppliers and indeed it is widely anticipated that a number of the smaller suppliers will fall into insolvency over the coming weeks and months. The specific process is unique to the energy industry.


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On August 20, 2021, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos,”CNH”) published in the Federal Official Gazette the Resolution CNH.E.22.008/2021 by which several provisions of the guidelines that regulate the Exploration and Development Plans for the Extraction of Hydrocarbons are modified, added and repealed (the “Resolution”).

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On July 28, 2021, President Biden signed a national security memorandum that seeks to “significantly improve” the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure systems. The “National Security Memorandum on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems” (the “Memorandum”) reflects the administration’s conclusion that “[t]he cybersecurity threats posed to the systems that control and operate the critical infrastructure

A district judge has temporarily suspended with general effects the amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law eliminating PEMEX’s asymmetric regulation.  Please see Legal Update at link below for all details.

https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/perspectives-events/publications/2021/06/mexico-district-judge-suspends-amendment-of-hydrocarbons-law-that-repealed-pemexs-asymmetric-regulation?utm_source=vuture&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign={vx:campaign%20name}

 

In the wake of the May 2021 ransomware attack on a major US oil pipeline, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a security directive (the “TSA Directive”) to better “identify, protect against, and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector.” The TSA Directive was released on May

Please join lawyers, Greg Matlock, Phil Lau and Norman Nadorff from Mayer Brown’s Oil & Gas group for a special webinar hosted by the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce on carbon capture use and sequestration.  This comprehensive, interactive event will discuss the CCUS market, how to qualify for the Section 45Q tax credit, how to finance

The amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law regarding asymmetric regulation has been published in the Federal Official Gazette, becoming effective as of May 20, 2021.  Additional details at the link below.

https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/perspectives-events/publications/2021/05/mexico-amendment-to-hydrocarbons-law-regarding-asymmetric-regulation-is-published?utm_source=vuture&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign={vx:campaign%20name}

Two district judges have temporarily suspended certain provisions of the amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law.  Please see full story at link below.

https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/perspectives-events/publications/2021/05/mexico-amendment-to-hydrocarbons-law-is-partially-suspended?utm_source=vuture&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign={vx:campaign%20name}

On May 4, 2021, the first amendment to Mexico’s Hydrocarbons Law was published in the Federal Official Gazette, with the legislative process having concluded on April 22, 2021, after a heated debate during a plenary session of the Senate (the “Amendment”).

The Amendment modifies core aspects of the permits necessary to perform midstream