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Oil & Gas

Mexico auction: Success in just two of the first seven blocks

Mexico has successfully auctioned two of the first seven blocks made available in the first of its historic oil and gas tenders. The North American country has opened up the industry, which had long been nationalised, for the first time since 1938. Both of the contracts have been awarded to a consortium of Sierra Oil & Gas, Premoer Oil and Talos Energy.

Oil & Gas

Mexico auction: Oil majors choose to skip round one bidding

A trio of oil majors have chosen to miss bidding for 14 blocks in Mexico in the first round of its historic auction, which opens the country's energy market up to private investors for the first time in more than 70 years. ExxonMobil, Total and Chevron have all passed on the opportunity which has seen just three successful bids so far.

Oil & Gas

Live: Success for Premier Oil consortia but just two blocks sold in Mexico auction

Mexico has opened up its historic bid for shallow-water blocks in the first opportunity for private investors in more than 70 years. The country's regulator CNH (Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos) had been calling for bids above the minimum 40% of pre-tax profits required by the government. To recap - Of the nine blocks so far, just two have been successful with a consortia of Sierra Oil & Gas, Premier Oil and Talos Energy winning both.

Oil & Gas

Sempra Energy wins natural gas transportation contract

Sempra Energy has been awarded a natural gas transportation contract in Mexico by the Comision Federalde Electricidad. The company said the agreement had been signed with its Mexican unit, IEnova (Infraestructura Energetica Nova), through its subsidiary Gasoducto de Aquaprieta. The project will comprise a header facility with a capacity of three billion feet per day of natural gas and a 14-mile pipeline with a capacity of 1,135 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Oil & Gas

Mexico licensing auction: Too little, too late?

Mexico may have missed the mark in opening up its energy market to foreign investors as the oil price decline continues to hit, according to a leading expert. Derek Leith, UK head of oil and gas taxation at EY, said the fall in oil price may be a deciding factor in the historic auction for 14 licences in the South American country. Mexico has made the bold move as its rebounds from a decade long decline in oil production. It is estimated there has been an overall loss in that time of around a million barrels of oil per day.

Oil & Gas

Gallery: Mexico predicts huge investment from oil tender

Mexico is gearing up for the first auction of new licences to private investors in almost 80 years. The government will hold the first of the sales, which it hopes will open the energy industry, and bring in an estimated $62.5billion by 2018. It is also expected to increase annual output in the country by 500,000 barrels a day.


Pemex to miss first round of Mexico oil tender

Mexican state-owned energy giant Pemex will not be participating in round one of the country’s historic energy opening. The move was revealed by Mexican energy minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. The initial tenders are part of an opening which is aimed at helping to bring more private investment into the country’s oil and gas sector.


Northcote eyes investment in Mexico’s energy sector with new facility

Northcote and its joint venture partner Gaia Ecologica have invested in their first new facility as they look to expand their reach in Mexico’s energy sector. The companies purchased a 22-acre property for the development of an environmental waste remediation facility based in the southern state of Tabasco. The strategic location of the base means it could benefit from the considerable activity being undertaken in the region by Mexican state-owned Pemex.

Oil & Gas

Mexico to allow Exxon, Chevron to bid on all oil blocks for sale

Mexico’s oil regulator said it will allow pre-qualified companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. to bid on all 14 shallow water blocks up for auction after removing restrictions. Companies pre-qualified to bid to explore for oil in Mexico’s shallow waters will be able to participate in auctions for all available blocks, according to Juan Carlos Zepeda, National Hydrocarbons Commissioner. Participation was limited to five blocks under prior guidelines. Companies participating in group bidding now also have the option to compete individually, Zepeda said Friday in Mexico City.


OTC 2015: Getting uber-tough on well control

As if to spice debate at this year’s OTC (Offshore Technology Conference), the US Department of the Interior has told the oil companies and their supply chain that it’s about to get tough on well control. The decision wasn’t unexpected, but the timing is neat, especially given the Mexican offshore tragedy on April Fool’s day in which four workers perished and more than 40 were injured as a result of a platform, part of the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc offshore field complex, blowing up. While the cause is not yet clear, it would appear that it is not well-related as operator Pemex restored production in large part from the field within days, recovering some 80% of output shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, the very fact that there has been another dangerous offshore incident within the Gulf of Mexico region, moreover one originating from a company with a poor safety track record, suggests that the US will now be ultra-twitchy about the HSE record of any oil & gas installation or its operator in waters adjacent to its own patch.


OTC 2015: Mexico tragedy – a stark reminder to offshore industry

The devastating images of the aftermath of the terrible incident in the Gulf of Mexico last month have served as a stark reminder to the global oil & gas industry that we can never, ever, become complacent when it comes to the safety of our people who work offshore. While we don’t yet know the cause of this latest incident, we do know that risk is part and parcel of working in hazardous environments and it is the duty of every man and woman engaged in our sector – both offshore and onshore – to reduce the potential for accidents and injuries every step of the way. Knowledge is power and being able to properly understand the changing nature of risk, identify potential old and new hazards and react in the right way when something does go wrong is a fundamental part of keeping people safe. Five years after it was first introduced to the North Sea, Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) has been significantly restructured and re-launched last month to take account of the changed requirements in the UK sector.

Oil & Gas

Statoil makes oil discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Statoil has made an oil discovery in its Miocene Yeti Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The Norwegian company said the Yeti discovery was made in Walker Ridge block 160, which is located around 15 kilometre south of the Big Foot field and 11 kilometres from the Cascade field. Jez Averty, Statoil's senior vice president for exploration in the North Sea, said: “The Yeti discovery expands the proven sub-salt Miocene play further south and west of the Big Foot field.

Health, Safety & Environment

Search continues for missing Pemex workers after platform fire

A search for three missing workers following a fire on a Pemex oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is still underway. The incident, which happened last Wednesday, killed four people and left dozens of other workers injured. The state-owned company said repairs have begun to resume production at the facility while the search for the missing workers continues. Pemex said it expects it will meet its output target of 646,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the region despite it being shut down on the platform following the fire.


Three workers missing after Pemex oil rig fire

Three workers are missing following the huge blaze on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that killed four workers and burned for hours. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it became aware of the missing workers when it recounted personnel after Wednesday’s fire on the Abkatun-A Permanente shallow-water platform in the Campeche Sound. One of the missing workers was from Pemex and the other two were employed by contractor Cotemar, the company said.


Opinion: Is Pemex ready to play on the world stage?

Flames once again ripped through the darkened skies over the Gulf of Mexico. Workers, fearing for their lives, jumped into the black waters. Four died in the blast. Forty-five others were injured, including 16 who were hospitalized. The chilling video of fire engulfing an oil processing platform early Wednesday off the Mexican coast summons the ghosts of another disaster that happened in the same body of water five years ago. The Deepwater Horizon disaster was more deadly, killing 11 workers and seriously injuring 17 more.

Other News

Gallery: This week’s top stories

A fire on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving four workers dead, was the most read story on Energy Voice this week. The incident happened on Wednesday, as 302 workers were evacuated and dozens were taken to hospital to be treated. Mexican state-owned Pemex said the fire on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the Bay of Campeche had since been put out. One of the workers killed was from Pemex, while another was a contractor working for services firm Cotemar. Two others killed in the fire have yet to be identified.


Pemex denies images of collapsed Gulf of Mexico platform

Pemex has denied reports one of its platforms had collapsed following a fire which killed four people. The state-owned Mexican company published an image taken of the Abkatun Permanente platform in the Bay of Campeche less than 24 hours after the incident which showed the extent of the damge caused. It comes after photos appeared on social media reporting to show the platform had collapsed following the blaze.


Opinion: Pemex’s disaster … another unacceptable blot in Big Oil’s copybook

The most recent press statement carried on the Pemex website about its Gulf of Mexico disaster in which four workers were killed and many more injured was issued yesterday morning and apparently last modified at 15.39 in the afternoon. There has been nothing posted since that I can see. The April Fool’s Day statement reads: “Early this morning (now yesterday morning) the dehydration and pumping area caught fire in the Permanent Abkatun platform in the Bay of Campeche. “Pemex’s Emergency Response Plan was immediately put in action and approximately 300 workers were evacuated and transferred to other platforms in the area. “It is with deep regret that we inform the death of a worker from the company Cotemar. “At least 16 workers from PEMEX and other companies have been reported to be injured, two of them in serious condition.” Etcetera, not that there was much more.