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  • Pemex and BHP Billiton partner on the development of Trion
    édité le 06/12/2016 - Plus de news de "PEMEX" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "PEMEX"

Pemex and BHP Billiton partner on the development of Trion
Today is a historic day for Mexico and for Petróleos Mexicanos. After 78 years operating by itself, Pemex will carry out an E&P project through a farmout, as a result of the new business schemes brought forward by President Peña Nieto’s Energy Reform. Today’s achievement marks the beginning of a new era for the company and proves that Pemex is an attractive and reliable partner to invest in Mexico.

Following a transparent process carried out by the CNH, BHP Billiton was awarded the Trión block after offering an additional royalty of 4% over the 7.5% base royalty. Through the 11.5% royalty, the State guarantees oil revenues. Furthermore, BHP Billion also offered an additional contribution of USD 624 million, above the established minimum. This amount will account for the required investment on behalf of the partner, before Pemex is required to make any additional investments. In that sense, Pemex would be allocating resources in approximately four years.

BHP BillitonBHP Billiton will have a 60% stake and will be the operator of this consortium. Our partner is based in Melbourne, Australia, with operations in over twelve countries, with average production of 600 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day and sales of more than USD 30 billion.

The expected investment for this project is nearly USD 11 billion. Investments will be required as of next year, and will be allocated to works focused on attaining a deeper understanding of the subsoil. The exploratory studies and wells will provide more certainty of the Trión field’s 3P reserves, currently estimated by Pemex at 485 million barrels of oil equivalent, and likely to be increased.

Initial production is expected by 2023, and to reach its plateau by 2025, at nearly 120 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Pemex recognizes the result of the auction as a complete success, since prices of oil continue to trade relatively low, the development of deepwater fields involves significant geological and financial risks, and companies were still keen on partnering with Petróleos Mexicanos. The United States’ Bureau of Ocean Energy Management auctions exploration and extraction blocks within its Gulf of Mexico area, and up until 2015, the percentage of areas assigned was 9%, however, in 2016 only 1.7% of areas were assigned.

With regards to joint venturing, Petróleos Mexicanos has reached a milestone set forward in its business plan and the Energy Reform, allowing its operations to comply with best international standards, gain additional know-how and expertise in order to boost its results.

Petróleos Mexicanos has grown from this process and will serve as leverage to improve the outlook of future farmouts within the Perdido Fold Belt area and have a positive impact in the regional economic development of the state of Tamaulipas.

Pemex will sign a Joint Operations Agreement with BHP Billiton and a license contract with the CNH, within the next 90 days.

Pemex emphasizes its commitment with Mexico, and will continue to work on consolidating itself as the most important company in the country.

Note: All of the above implies that the Mexican State (Mexican Oil Fund, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and Pemex) will receive 72.2% of the project’s revenues.

About Pemex

Pemex, Mexico's state oil company, is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, storage and sale of hydrocarbons and derivatives. Its products include petrochemicals, natural gas, liquid gas, sulphur, gasoline, kerosene and diesel. Pemex operates 344 production fields, 6,382 production wells, 225 off-shore platforms, 6 refineries, 8 petrochemical complexes, 7,896 km of gas pipeline, 4,548 km of oil pipeline, and 19 LPG distribution terminals.

For the energy sector this is good news because Trion has possible reserves and no oly prospective resources like the rest of the blocks in round 1.4.

This announcement is also good news for the country because the investments that will flow into Mexico for the exploration and exploitation of this fields and the rest of the blocks of round 1.4 will enable the development of infrastructure and will foster employment in the region.

About BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton Petroleum has exploration, development, production and marketing activities in more than a dozen countries around the globe, with a significant position in the deep water Gulf of Mexico, Onshore US and Australia. Petroleum also operates assets in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and Pakistan.

Our oil and gas strategy is to focus on material opportunities, at high working interest with a bias for operatorship. We also hold interests in exploration blocks where we explore for significant upstream opportunities in proven basins and promising prospects around the world using the latest seismic and geophysical technology to locate new resources.

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