Mexico regulator wants minority stake floated in state oil firm Pemex

03/21/2018 Reuters

120px-PemexThe head of Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) urged the government on Wednesday to float a minority stake in national oil and gas firm Pemex on the Mexican stock exchange.

Pemex controls the majority of hydrocarbon reserves in Mexico although the sector has been open to foreign investment in the past four years, but it lacks funds to properly explore and develop the assets, the regulator said.

Juan Carlos Zepeda, president commissioner of CNH which is in charge of Mexico’s contracts with foreign energy firms, said constitutional changes were needed to allow a stake in Pemex to be sold while keeping the company under state control.

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Mexico Energy Reform Slowdown Would Be ‘A Shame,’ Pemex CEO Says

03/08/2018 Bloomberg

Energy -electricity_transmission_linesMexico’s 2013 decision to end the government monopoly on energy has resulted in billions in investment and the arrival of dozens of international oil companies.

Carlos Trevino, Petroleos Mexicanos’s new chief executive officer, thinks it would be unfortunate for that to be interrupted by the next administration.
The top concern of Trevino, who took over at Pemex in November, is that Mexico will elect a president in July that will “slow down the energy reform pace,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit event in Houston.

Mexican oil shake-up likely if frontrunner wins presidency, says adviser

02/22/2018 Reuters

energy - oil barrelsMexico’s presidential frontrunner is not opposed to foreign investment in the country’s oil, his top energy adviser said, but his government would make dramatic changes to energy strategy, including a new focus on refining rather than crude exports.

In perhaps the most significant change envisioned by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the favorite to win the July 1 election, Mexico would seek to end decades of exporting crude in three years, a lawmaker who Lopez Obrador has tapped to be his future energy minister said in an interview.

Instead, Mexico should turn its focus to value-added fuels, processing crude domestically to produce more gasoline and diesel at refineries owned by state oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL], Rocio Nahle told Reuters late on Wednesday.

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Mexican agency finds irregularities in Pemex, Odebrecht contract

09/11/2017 Reuters

Mexico’s top anti-corruption agency said on Monday it had identified 119 million pesos ($6.7 million) in “new irregularities” from a contract between state oil company Pemex and Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering firm that has admitted paying bribes in a dozen countries in recent years.

Mexico’s Public Administration Ministry (SFP), the government’s main anti-corruption auditor, said in a statement that the contract was for work at Pemex’s second biggest refinery, the Miguel Hidalgo facility in Tula, Hidalgo state and involved an unnamed employee of the national oil company.

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Will the Next Deepwater Horizon Be in Mexico?

12/7/16 The New York Times

1280px-development-driller-2In Dec. 5, Mexico’s Energy Ministry began auctioning off the crown jewels of its oil reserves, deepwater tracts that, along with those for fracking, are supposed to set off an oil-and-gas rush south of the border. The auctions are a result of a 2013 law that opened the country’s oil and gas industry to private companies, after 75 years of public ownership. What could go wrong?

Plenty, as recent experiences in the United States suggest. Five years ago, Deepwater Horizon familiarized the world with the risks of deepwater drilling, and Americans are increasingly aware of the dangers of hydraulic fracking. In Mexico, the threats from both will be magnified: The state-owned oil company, Petroleros Mexicanos, or Pemex, has long operated with scant environmental oversight, a legacy that will most likely carry over as private-sector operations take over.

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Successful Auction Encourages Mexico to Step Up Oil Opening

12/6/16 The Wall Street Journal

download-3MEXICO CITY—Buoyed by the results of Mexico’s first deep-water oil auction, widely seen as a big success, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government plans to raise the bet. Mexico intends to hold a second, much bigger deep-water auction around October next year, while state firm Petróleos Mexicanos will likely seek as many as 25 partnerships with private firms over the next two years, Energy Minister Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said in an interview.

“We’re going to be more ambitious, we’ll take a step forward because we now have more experience,” said Mr. Coldwell. “What we’ll very likely see are auctions with many more oil blocks than what we have seen so far.”

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Mexico Oil Auction Succeeds in Drawing World’s Biggest Drillers

12/5/16 Bloomberg Markets

download (3).jpgMexico’s first competitive deep-water oil auction surpassed expectations as eight of 10 blocks were awarded to some of the world’s top oil companies. The National Hydrocarbons Commission awarded all four blocks in the oil-rich Perdido Basin, where the geology is said to mirror the U.S. side of the Gulf of Mexico, to companies including Total SA, CNOOC Ltd, Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. In the Salina Basin in the south, which is less explored and therefore considered riskier, four of six blocks were awarded. Separately, BHP Billiton Ltd. won the right to develop the Trion field in the Gulf along with Pemex.

The deep-water auction signals the beginning of a new era for Mexico, which ended state-controlled Petroleos Mexicanos’s 75-year monopoly in the energy sector in 2013 by opening the doors to foreign competitors.

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