3/13/2017 Journal of Petroleum Technology
BHP Billiton’s signing of a contract with Pemex on 3 March marks the beginning of its work on the Triton discovery offshore Mexico and the potential to boost Mexico’s oil production to meet its growing demand. The company bid on the field last December in Mexico’s auction of 10 deepwater blocks in the fourth stage of the Round One bids since the country’s Energy Reform in 2013, which opened its offshore and unconventional fields to international companies. Once the field is fully appraised, BHP Billion expects it to be in the top 10 fields discovered in the Gulf of Mexico in the past decade. Pemex estimated the gross recoverable resource to be 485 million BOE.
The development of the Triton project is estimated to require an investment of USD 11 billion, with production beginning in 6–7 years. More than 100,000 barrels of crude oil equivalent per day are estimated.
Last year’s bid rounds opened the door to the expertise needed for expanded exploration and production in Mexico’s deep water. Although the country has significant hydrocarbon resources, it suffered from the pre-reform model that made Pemex the sole player in oil and gas upstream development, and the government’s spending of hydrocarbon revenue for other priorities, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).