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¿Participarás en consorcio con otras empresas en las Rondas de Licitación de CNH? Conoce de qué se trata la Responsabilidad Solidaria.

En 2014, México promulgó  la Reforma Energética y con ello abrió paso a un hecho histórico, por vez primera en 75 años se permitió a la inversión privada participar en las actividades de Exploración y Extracción de hidrocarburos.

Las empresas y consorcios  interesados en participar en los concursos de licitación organizados por la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) lo pueden hacer como licitante individual o licitante agrupado (consorcio). Aquellos que deciden participar como consorcio no están obligados constituir una nueva persona moral, sino simplemente a manifestar su voluntad de presentar una propuesta conjunta para la licitación y firmar el contrato correspondiente.

Al permitir este tipo de agrupación, se pretende promover la participación del mayor número de empresas  sin que se quede fuera el capital mexicano. Por eso, pueden licitar empresas que cuenten con experiencia y comprueben capacidad técnica (como operadores) -requisitos que en su mayoría van a cubrir empresas extranjeras- y empresas con capacidad económica y financiera (no operadores).

La participación en consorcio permite que las empresas reúnan las condiciones, que en conjunto  les aseguren mayores posibilidades de éxito. No obstante, es importante considerar que en cualquier caso las empresas adquieren una responsabilidad total solidaria  por las actividades que se ejecuten en el campo.

En primer lugar, será necesario definir su porcentaje de participación, lo cual no implica que asuman solamente en esa medida las obligaciones  establecidas en el contrato, pues las empresas participantes serán solidariamente responsables de todas y cada una de las obligaciones que asume el consorcio, independientemente de su porcentaje de su respectiva participación.

El operador, por su parte, tiene la obligación de cumplir con las obligaciones del contrato en representación de las empresas participantes. Específicamente, se encarga de todos los aspectos operacionales, pero en caso de algún incumplimiento de su parte, como ya dijimos no releva de su responsabilidad solidaria a las otras empresas.

La figura del operador es central, por eso se requiere que cuente por lo menos con una tercera parte de la participación en el consorcio y ningún otro miembro podrá tener una participación económicamente  mayor a  la suya.

En materia de seguros, por ejemplo, el operador es responsable de contratarlos y presentarlos ante la Agencia de Seguridad, Energía y Ambiente (ASEA), de conformidad con lo establecido en las Disposiciones Administrativas de Carácter General   en materia de Seguros (DAGS] para las actividades de Exploración y Extracción de Hidrocarburos, pero si en el momento de un siniestro las coberturas no fueran suficientes y/o adecuadas para responder por el daño, todos los participantes serán legalmente responsables de repararlo.

En NRGI Broker, somos expertos en materia de seguros, así como de la regulación en  materia ambiental, con la que deben cumplir los operadores petroleros. Acércate a nosotros, con gusto te atenderemos.

 

Renaissance Oil initiates multi-well drilling program at Amatitlán

From Renaissance Oil Corp. / Craig Steinke / 27 de Noviembre de 2017

 

VANCOUVER, Nov. 27, 2017 /CNW/ – Renaissance Oil Corp. (“Renaissance” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: ROE) is pleased to announce the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (the “CNH”) has approved drilling permits for the Chicontepec multi well drilling program on the Amatitlán block in Veracruz, Mexico.  In conjunction with its partner Lukoil, Renaissance will conduct the following operations:

During the week of December 4th, 2017, mobilize Simmons Edeco Rig 836 to a multi-well drilling location and spud the first well, Amatitlán 1649, of the 10 well drilling campaign which will occur over the course of several months;

Each well will be directionally drilled, targeting multiple Chicontepec intervals, to a total depth of 1,975 meters; and

The second well in the program, Amatitlán 1708, will be drilled subsequently from the same multi-well location.

“As the first Canadian operated oil well drilled in Mexico, in almost a century, the Amatitlán 1649 is a historical milestone”, stated Craig Steinke, Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance.  He added, “Rig 836, owned by Canadian based Simmons Edeco, will also be used to drill the planned 4,200 meter measured depth horizontal Upper Jurassic shale well.”

Renaissance continues to make progress on its journey to become a major Mexican energy producer.

From Renaissance Oil Corp. / Craig Steinke / 27 de Noviembre de 2017

Mexico expects to hold a third oil and gas auction in 2018

From: Reuters.com / OCTOBER 19, 2017 / 2:04 PM / Mariana Parraga

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Mexico’s oil regulator will likely add another auction in 2018 featuring conventional onshore oil and gas blocks, the head of the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) said on Thursday, potentially teeing up a third tender in an election year. The bid terms will be announced later this year or in early 2018 while contracts will likely be awarded by the summer, said Juan Carlos Zepeda on the sidelines of a forum in Houston.  The onshore tender is in addition to a deepwater Gulf auction expected to attract in January some of the world’s biggest producers, as well as a March shallow water auction.
A landmark 2013 constitutional energy reform championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto paved the way for the auctions, in which private firms can bid to operate oil and gas fields on their own. Before the reform, state-owned company Pemex had a monopoly on hydrocarbons production.
Depending on the winner, Mexico’s July 2018 presidential election could alter the pace and scope of future auctions, which are organized and supervised by the CNH, while the energy ministry designs the contracts and sets the schedule.

Zepeda added that so-called non-conventional blocks to produce shale oil and gas are also being analyzed for inclusion in an additional separate auction.
The CNH has run eight oil auctions to date, awarding 72 exploration and production contracts to more than 60 companies. The contracts are seen generating almost $61 billion in investment over their lifetime.

The 64 blocks to be offered in the two upcoming offshore auctions account for more than 65 percent of Mexico’s estimated resources. Along with the January bidding round, Pemex could also find a partner for the promising Nobilis-Maximino deeepwater project close to the U.S. maritime border.

A development plan for another large deepwater project, Trion between Pemex and Australia’s BHP Billiton, has not yet been submitted to the regulator, Zepeda said, but it is expected before year end.

UNITIZATION UNDERWAY
New regulation to establish how operators of two different blocks should produce oil from a single shared reservoir was recently finished by authorities and is now under public consultation, said Aldo Flores, Mexico’s deputy energy minister.

“The final version (of the regulation) should be ready by November,” Flores said.

The well Zama-1 containing over 1 billion barrels of oil in place discovered in July by U.S. firm Talos Energy and its partners in Mexico’s shallow water could extend into a Pemex area, Zepeda said.
“The first unitization case could be Zama, but it has not yet been officially presented (to authorities),” Zepeda said.

The reservoir unitization regulation will establish the need to nominate a single operator to produce oil in shared reservoirs even keeping two separate companies or consortia for each one of the blocks. The energy ministry will have the final word if the parties do not agree on how to develop the field.

 

From: Reuters.com / OCTOBER 19, 2017 / 2:04 PM / Mariana Parraga

Exclusive: Mexico plans second deepwater oil tie-up in Maximino, Nobilis areas – sources

Reporting by Adriana Barrera, Additional reporting by Alexandra Editing by Dave Graham and and Peter Cooney

“Mexican state-run oil company Pemex plans a second deepwater “farm-out” joint venture in the Maximino and Nobilis areas in the Gulf of Mexico where super light crude has been found near the U.S. border, two people familiar with the matter said.

Speaking this week, the people said Pemex [PEMX.UL] would likely seek approval in June from the National Hydrocarbons Commission, or CNH, the industry regulator, to launch a tender for partners with the aim of announcing a winner in December.

“Maximino-Nobilis may be assigned in December and we hope the CNH will announce it in June,” said one of the sources. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are not yet public.

A Pemex spokesman said the firm was looking for a partner to develop Maximino and Nobilis, and that the proposal would be submitted for approval by the board in the next few days. The CNH would then need to decide on the time frame, he added.

The farm-outs are a central pillar of the government’s efforts to lure investment to Mexico since Congress opened up the country’s long-closed oil and gas industry to private investment in a legislative drive between 2013 and 2014.

Under the farm-outs, Pemex cannot choose which company would help it develop each project. The ultimate decision lies with the CNH following a round of competitive bids.

The process allows Pemex to share the risks and rewards of expensive deepwater oil development projects.

Australian mining and energy company BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) in December won the right to partner with Pemex in the first deepwater farm-out for the Trion light oil field, less than 50 miles (80 km) from the U.S.-Mexico maritime border.

A separate, shallow water farm-out auction for the Ayin-Batsil field is due to take place in October.

Pemex has sunk two wells in Maximino at a depth of 3,000 meters (9,840 feet), discovering super light crude.

In September 2016, Pemex said it had found super light crude in its Nobilis-1 well, also at some 3,000 meters.

Both areas lie in the Perdido fold belt, like Trion.”

Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 6:57pm EDT

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Mexico signed seven deepwater exploration and production contracts with private oil

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) presided over the signing of seven deepwater exploration and production contracts on Friday, bringing an end to the country’s historic Round One series of oil auctions.

The contracts were for blocks located in the Gulf of Mexico: three in the Perdido Fold Belt, a 40,000 sq.-kilometer (15,450 sq.-mile) area located in the northwestern part of the Gulf; and four in the Saline Basin, situated in the southern part of the Gulf.

The blocks were all awarded in early December.

The seven contracts are in addition to one signed last week by Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), American oil supermajor Chevron Corp. and Japan’s Impex that marked the first time Pemex had formed a consortium to compete for a block under a 2013 energy-sector overhaul ending the company’s nearly eight-decade monopoly.

Each of the contracts has a 35-year life span, but they can be extended for additional periods of 10 years and then five years.

In the Perdido Fold Belt, a unit of China National Offshore Oil Corporation signed contracts for Block 1 and Block 4, while a consortium made up of the local unit of France’s Total and the United States’ Exxon Mobil Exploration signed one for Block 2.

In the Saline Basin, a consortium made up of Norway’s Statoil, the United Kingdom’s BP Exploration and Total’s local unit signed contracts for Block 1 and Block 3.

A consortium made up of a unit of Malaysia’s Petronas, PC Carigali Mexico Operations; and Mexico’s Sierra Offshore Exploration signed a contract for Block 4, while a consortium made up of US energy company Murphy Oil’s local unit, the UK’s Ophir Energy, PC Carigali and Sierra Offshore inked another for Block 5.

Mexico’s energy sector, which has suffered a steady decline in crude output for more than a decade, will receive a major boost from oil production giants as a result of the Round One auctions, Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said.

The companies that signed the contracts “are fully qualified and have the capital and experience to undertake projects of these dimensions (in which) there is no room for experimentation or error,” Coldwell said.

The seven blocks encompass a total area of 17,000 sq. kilometers and contain prospective hydrocarbon reserves estimated at 2 billion barrels of crude oil equivalent.

 

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03-13-2017

13 Companies prequalified for Mexico’s oil industry Round 2.1

As of January 16, 13 companies have initiated the prequalification process for Round 2.1, the shallow water exploration and extraction contract auction process that Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) intends to award in June 19 of this year. According to CNH’s website, the companies are:

  • US: Chevron, Conoco Philips, Hunt Overseas Oil Company, Noble Energy.

  • UK: BP, Premier Oil Exploration and Production, Shell (UK-Netherlands)

  • México: Citla Energy E&P, Sierra O&G.

  • Germany: Dea Deutsche Erdoel AG.

  • Italy: ENI.

  • Norway: Statoil.

The auction, originally planned for March 22, was postponed until June after CNH received formal requests from four interested companies. The R02-L01 process will tender 15 shallow water fields in the Gulf of Mexico, in the areas of Tampico-Misantla, Veracruz and the Southeastern Basin. The fields have an average 592 km2 area and 1,587 million boe in prospective resources. The first oil and gas production from these fields is expected to be delivered in 2020. A total of 23 companies have expressed interest in the process. The final companies that will participate in the auction will be announced by CNH on March 1.

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Mexico’s Pemex must take Minimum 45 pct Stake in Deep Water Venture

Mexico’s oil regulator on Wednesday said state-owned oil company Pemex must take a minimum 45 percent stake in its first-ever proposed joint venture with would-be private partners to develop oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep waters.

Global oil majors are widely expected to bid in the December auction to help develop the Trion light oil field in the Perdido Fold Belt just south of Mexico’s maritime border with the United States.

Companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil operate lucrative developments in nearby U.S. waters while Mexico has yet to achieve commercial production on its side of oil-rich Perdido due to a lack of technical expertise to tap such fields.

The call for bids to partner with cash-strapped Pemex on Trion follows the constitutional energy reform enacted in 2013 which promised to reverse a decade-long slump in crude production by luring new players to explore for and produce oil.

The regulator said the Trion joint venture will be bid out in the form of a license contract, which is similar to a concession, and will include two operators, one of which must have between a 30 to 45 percent stake in the project.

Interested bidders have until Sept. 15 to pre-qualify for the auction by meeting both financial and technical minimum requirements, while the final version of the contract and bid terms will be published on Sept. 30.

The license contract to partner with Pemex on the project will be awarded on Dec. 5. Mexico will also auction 10 separate deep water fields, including four that surround Trion, in December.

Under the terms of the energy reform, Pemex can partner with companies in exploration and production projects, but rather than being allowed to pick its partners, they will instead be selected by an auction run by the oil regulator, known as the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

The partnership will allow Pemex to share the investment needed to successfully develop the field, the company’s first major deep water oil project.

The Trion field holds some 480 million barrels and will require about $11 billion worth of investment.

The field covers about 483 square miles (1,250 square km) and is located under more than 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) of water.

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Drafts of Bidding Terms and Production Sharing Contracts for Round 2 Phase 1 –Shallow Waters, were published by CNH

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) published the drafts of the Bidding Terms and Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) for Round 2, Phase 1, for the Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons in Shallow Waters. Below is a summary of the most important terms and conditions of the drafts of the bidding terms and the PSC.

Shallow Water Blocks

The CNH will bid 15 shallow water blocks, 4 of which are located in the Tampico-Misantla oil province, 1 in Veracruz and 10 in Cuencas del Sureste oil province.

Bidding Terms

  • Interested oil companies may participate in the bid of the 15 blocks, as individual bidders or in consortium.

  • Interested parties and bidders should not be in contact with any official from the CNH or the government that is in any manner related to the Round 2 bids, as bidding terms and contracts should not be subject to negotiation. However, any interested party should be able to make comments related to the bidding terms and contracts through the CNH’s webpage.

  • All stages of the bidding process will take place in Spanish, unless there is a specific provision that states the contrary.

  • Bidding and contract terms, excluding prequalification requirements, might be subject to change at any point in time before their final publication.

  • The bidding process will occur in the following stages: i) publication of bidding terms, ii) access to data rooms, iii) registration, iv) clarifications to the bidding terms, iv) prequalification, v) filing of proposals, vi) awarding of contracts and vii) execution of contracts.

  • The following payments will apply:

    Registry fee – $750,000 MXP.

    To have access to the data rooms – Information worth at least $8,000,000 MXP.

  • Bidding day is set for March 22, 2017. The chart below illustrates the timeline for the bidding process:

  • To prequalify for the bidding process companies have to demonstrate, among others, the following:

  • Legal origin of funds.

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  • Information regarding companies that have control of the company.

  • In case of SPVs, their corporate and business structure must be detailed, indicating who has significant control or influence. Also Tax Returns and Audited Financial Statements of those that incorporated the SPV, corresponding to the last 2 years, should be filed.

  • Some of the requirements will be waived for those that successfully prequalified to Round 1, Phases 1, 2 and 4, as long as they are still the same members of the successfully prequalified bidder in the past phases.

  • Technical requirements are as follows:

    Experience as an operator in projects from 2011 to 2015 through (i) the participation in at least three projects of exploration and/or extraction of hydrocarbons, or (ii) capital investments in exploration and/or extraction projects that together amount at least USD $1 billion. . It is not required that the interested company participated as an operator in these projects.

    2.Experience as (i) an operator in at least one project of exploration and/or extraction of hydrocarbons in shallow waters and/or deep water or (ii) having participated as partner in at least two projects of exploration and/or extraction of hydrocarbons in shallow waters and/or deep waters in the last 5 years.

    3.Experience in industrial and environmental, health and safety programs during the last five years in exploration and/or extraction projects in shallow waters and/or deep wat

  • As for the financial requirements, the operator shall demonstrate economic capacity, meaning the contractor owns assets of at least USD $10 billion and have an investment credit rating or has shareholder’s equity of at least USD $1 billion. If the operator does not meet the above mentioned financial criteria on a stand-alone basis, the operator could participate in a Consortium demonstrating a shareholder’s equity of USD 600,000,000, as long as the other members of the Consortium demonstrate an aggregate shareholders’ equity of USD 400,000,000.

  • Bidders will be able to participate as an individual bidder and/ or as part of one or more consortiums, however, the one bidder cannot participate in more than four consortiums. Proposals are limited to one per contractual area. There are no restrictions for any company to partner with major oil companies, international oil companies or national oil companies, including Pemex.

  • The weighted average of the offer or biding factor to determine the winner will be calculated considering the value of the Participation of the State in the Operating Profit, and the additional investment factor related to the minimum work program, according to the formula provided in the bidding terms.

  • The additional investment factor is related to the additional investment commitment during the exploration period. The variable corresponding to the investment factor could be 1.5 in case of making an additional investment commitment of working units equivalent to two exploratory wells, 1 in case of committing to working units equivalent to 1 exploratory well and 0 if no additional investment commitment is made.

  • Minimum values to be accepted will be determined by Hacienda before the CNH publishes the final version of the bidding terms and contracts, and at that point Hacienda will also define when such values will be public.

  • A USD $500,000 letter of credit should be submitted as bid bond for each offer.

  • Contracts will be awarded on March 24, 2017 and should be executed within 90 days after they are awarded.

Production Sharing Contracts for the Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons in Shallow Waters

  • Production Sharing Contracts will be applicable. Contractors will perform Oil and Gas activities under the PSC, within the contractual area, at their own cost and risk, in exchange of a consideration from the State.

  • The term of the Contracts will be 30 years. The term may be extended for 2 more periods of 5 years each.

  • Contracts include an initial transition phase of up to 120 days. In such period the Contractors must document the status and integrity of the fields and equipment and initiate a social impact and environmental study to establish the base line.

  • Contracts include an initial exploration period of up to 4 years. In such period

  • Contractors will be obliged to finish the minimum work program. The exploration period may be extended for an additional period of 2 years (conditions apply). This additional period could be extended if for causes non attributable to the contractor he is not able to finish the corresponding activities.

  • Contractors will have to file an exploration plan for approval within 120 following the execution date of the contract. CNH will have 120 days to approve it. If the plan is not filed within the established term, a late fee USD 10,000 per day will apply The exploration plan may be adjusted subject to CNH’s approval.

  • Contractors shall file a performance guarantee to cover their obligations related to the minimum work program. The amount of said guarantee will be the result of multiplying the reference value of the work unit by 75% of the work units corresponding to the minimum work program and its increase, or by the number of working units corresponding to the increase of the minimum work program not performed in the initial exploration period and the additional commitment for the additional exploration period.

  • Contractors will have to inform the CNH in case of a discovery within the subsequent 30 days the discovery is confirmed. Once that the Contractors notify the CNH, they will have 60 days to file the appraisal plan.

  • The appraisal plan will have duration of up to 12 months, that could be extended for another 12 months when technical or commercial conditions require it, subject to CNH previous approval.

  • The appraisal plan in case of a nonassociated Natural Gas discovery will have last of up to 24 months that could be extended for 12 additional months when technical or commercial conditions require it, subject to CNH previous approval.

  • Within 60 days after the ending of any appraisal period, contractors will have to inform if the discovery is a “commercial discovery”.

  • Within 1 year after the confirmation of a commercial discovery contractors will have to file the corresponding development plan which shall be approved within 120 days Provisions related to the relinquishment of areas and unifications are included. These provisions will not be understood as a decrease in the Contractor’s obligations to comply with work commitments for the exploration period or its obligations regarding relinquishment activities and other activities set down in the Contract.

  • Contractors will have to keep an Operating Account where transactions related to the contract should be recorded. Additionally, contractors will have the obligation to file budgets of the costs to be incurred during the implementation of each work program and shall comply with the requirements set forth in the PSC.

  • Items included or excluded in the cost recovery and the applicable procedure are properly described in annex 4.

  • Costs resulting from the exploration and production activities will be considered as recoverable costs as long as they comply with the applicable legislation and the guidelines established by Hacienda.

    Among the non-eligible and hence, non-recoverable costs established in the PSC, are the following: i)those not included in the budgets and work programs approved by the CNH or those in excess of the costs that were established in the budget elevate it in more than 5% or elevate the budget contemplated for the activity pursuant to the account catalogue over 10%, ii) financial costs, iii)donations, iv)costs for servitudes, rights of way and lease or acquisition of land, v) overhead expenses and vi) arbitration and dispute resolution costs, among others.

    Overhead expenses related to services received or activities carried out outside the Mexican territory will be recoverable up to a 1.5% of the authorized budget.

  • The volume of hydrocarbons will be measured at the measurement point which may be inside or outside the blocks. Simultaneous to the filing of the development plan, contractors will have to propose the procedures to store, measure and monitor the quality of the hydrocarbons.

  • Assets generated or acquired by the contractors to carry out the exploration and extraction activities should be transferred to the Government when the contract is terminated. Movable assets, lease assets or assets owned by subcontractors are exempted from the transfer to the extent the transactions were not carried out with related parties.

  • Contractors will be able to commercialize the production by themselves or through third parties.

  • Government take will include the i) Contractual quota for exploration phase, ii) royalties and iii) the percentage of the operating profit that will be adjusted according to an R-factor included in the Contracts.

  • The amounts corresponding to royalties will be determined pursuant to the formulas and values established in the Hydrocarbon Revenue Law (HRL) and will depend on the type of hydrocarbon.

  • The PSC includes a sliding scale system based on IRR (before tax) with an initial benchmark of 25% that starts decreasing the Contractor share until the IRR reaches a benchmark of 40%, leaving a final Contractor share to 25% of the bid value. For computing the IRR, the PSC allows the Contractor to recognize four times its costs linked to the minimum work program and to the increase of the minimum work program.

  • The consideration for the contractor will include i) cost recovery and ii) remaining percentage of the operating profit.

  • The percentage of cost recovery will be 60%. However, if in the contractual area only non-associated natural gas discoveries are made, the percentage will be 80%.In addition, for the determination of the recoverable costs, the eligible costs established in the minimum work program and its increase will be recognized at an additional 25% value.

  • The Contracts include provisions to determine the value of hydrocarbons similar to the ones included in prior rounds.

  • Decommissioning provisions are included. Contractors will have to incorporate an abandonment fund once the development plan is approved. The contractor shall deposit ¼ of the annual amount at the end of each quarter.

  • Local content obligations are included: 15% during the exploration period; 17% during appraisal period and for the development period the percentage will start at 26% and will increase yearly until it reaches 35% in 2025.

  • Contractors shall have insurance policies that cover civil liability, well control and damage to the materials generated or acquired during the exploration and production activities.

Administrative and contractual rescission clauses are included in the Contracts as well as provision related to dispute resolution mechanisms under ICC rules as in prior rounds.

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Guidelines for Drilling Wells for the Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons in Mexico

The National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) submitted a draft of the Guidelines for Drilling Wells for Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons (“Lineamientos de Perforación de Pozos para las Actividades de Exploración y Extracción”; the “Guidelines”) to the Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement (“COFEMER”).

The Guidelines regulate well permitting, design, construction, integrity, maintenance, and abandonment standards and requirements for all oil, gas, and injection wells in Mexico, whether on-shore or off-shore, conventional or non-conventional, and which apply to both private industry and state productive companies.  They regulate best oil field practices and standards for various activities; provide for inspection, audit, and enforcement; and, include provisions on operator and non-operator liability. Operators and non-operators are liable for all damages related to their activities (well drilling, design, construction, completion, and abandonment, etc.), regardless of whether their underlying exploration contracts with CNH or “entitlements” are in effect.

The Guidelines include the following attachments:

  1. Glossary of defined terms.

  2. Regulatory requirements on best practices for the design, construction, termination, integrity, maintenance, and abandonment of wells.  These requirements are considered to be hierarchically one step below official Mexican standards (NOMs), which means that the latter have control over CNH’s referenced regulatory requirements.

  3. Guidelines for registering oil and gas wells and reservoirs/fields.

  4. Guidelines for well-permitting applications.

  5. Guidelines for ensuring well integrity (e.g., casing and cementing requirements and standards).

  6. Format to request administrative registration of wells.

  7. Format to apply for drilling and completion well permits.

  8. Format for applications to modify previously granted well permits.

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Over 20 Oil Companies Register for Auction Mexican Gulf Blocks

For the auction of 10 blocks in waters of the Gulf of Mexico 21 oil companies have registered to participate, among them Spanish Repsol, Norwegian Statoil and French Total, together with Mexican Pemex, it was known today.

British BP, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, both of the United States have also registered.

These four international megacorporations, which in the past made up the influential group known as The Seven Sisters, and for decades were owners of the Mexican crude, attempt to recover the exploitation of oil fields, says daily La Jornada.

Through the license contract, the National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH) allows winner companies to exploit oil deposits.

Up to 1938, before nationalization of the oil industry, decreed by president Lazaro Cardenas, seven foreign companies -five of the U.S. and two British- were owners of Mexican oil.

As it transcended, the seven transnationals were baptized by Enrico Mattei, considered father of the Italian energy industry, as the Seven Sisters.

The opening date for presentation of proposals for handing concessions on exploitation of a máximum period of 50 years of the 10 auctioned blocks, located in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, will be set on December 5, 2016.

Copyright: Prensa Latina