Mexico's Second Deepwater Auction Successful

Mexico’s second deepwater bid round failed to disappoint as 19 of 29 blocks were awarded, including nine to Anglo-Dutch supermajor and Mexican offshore newcomer Shell. Eleven international firms from 10 countries bidding individually and in consortia won blocks—thought to be mostly oil-rich—in the Perdido Fold Belt, Cordilleras Mexicanas basin, and Salina basin of the Gulf of Mexico.

Nineteen firms from 15 countries placed 39 bids overall. The winning bids comprised 44,178 sq km, 23 well commitments, and $525 million in tiebreak payments. Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) announced the results 31 January in Mexico City.

Benjamin Torres-Barron, ­partner at multinational law firm Baker & ­McKenzie, which represented four of the companies that participated in the round, said the auction was “very successful” with results “better than everybody expected.” Estimates prior to the event, including those of the government, had approximately 7–10 blocks being awarded.

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Mexico's Second Deepwater Auction Successful

Matt Zborowski, JPT Technology Writer

01 March 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 3

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