Mexican authorities are working to hold several oil bids this year. The country wants to avoid any problem with indigenous communities and to achieve this authorities are negotiating with them. A report in El Financiero said that the government is discussing with the indigenous community Zoque about the bidding of two onshore blocks in Chiapas. The blocks are number 10 and 11 of Round 2.2. Twelve exploratory wells are planned in these areas.
Fuel market liberalization has generated much debate, controversy and uncertainty in Mexico. Voters disagree (sometimes violently) with high fuel prices. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, spoke on the subject.
The Federal Supreme Audit (ASF) audited the first three bids of Round 1 and found anomalies in these processes, according to El Financiero. The National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) reacted to the findings.
Now that Mexico must operate as any open market regarding energy development, generation, distribution and sale, CRE, Gas Natural Fenosa and Accenture experts said that the projects and opportunities allowed by Energy Reform will lead the Mexican market to conditions of ‘optimal competition.’
The Mexican Environmental Law Center (Cemda) has demanded that Federal Government declare Los Tuxtlas reef system as a Protected Natural Area (ANP), according to a report in Sin embargo. Oil activities and fishing could affect the ecosystem. The Cemda says that this ecosystem has an environmental, cultural and economic relevance for Mexico. Authorities must protect it as soon as possible, Cemda declared.
In response to US President Trump’s policies against Mexico, the National Action Party (PAN) submitted a proposal to the Mexican government to suspend agreements on cross-border oil fields with the US.
One of Energy Reform goals was to attract investment to improve the sector’s infrastructure in Mexico. The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) announced that gas pipeline investments have advanced satisfactorily.
The multilateral Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it invested US$65M over the past six years in the Mexican government and private companies for “energy transition”.
Pemex will implement transparency measures to reveal the names of those involved in the oil theft net.
A report in La Política Online said that during an event that took place in Hidalgo, Governor Omar Fayad Meneses told Pemex’s CEO, José Antonio González, that developing and implementing a security strategy to combat fuel theft – commonly known as “milking” – inside the NOC’s staff is an urgent matter.