Mexico’s Energy Sector in 2016

Mexico’s Energy Sector in 2016

MEI Report 835

Houston, January 31, 2017

This report surveys developments in Mexico’s energy sector in 2016, taking note of high-level personnel changes and institutional and commercial developments. Most of our attention was placed on understanding the farmout strategy that Pemex announced in mid-July and that became the basis for the auction on Dec. 5 of a working interest in Pemex’s Trión lease.

In relation to the electricity sector, we prepared a Bilingual Glossary of Mexico’s Power Industry for the Gulf Coast Power Association. We also prepared several reports related to bilingual proficiency, with reference to challenges in Mexican Spanish.

MEI 835 Figure 1 - Pie Chart - Baker & Associates,

We conclude that the energy reforms of 2013-16 represent a transitional regime. In Table 1 we suggest features of the upstream regime to follow this one. We observe that offshore safety in Mexico would be better today had the government not let four years go by after the Macondo incident in 2010 to make an institutional commitment to public oversight.

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Mexico Energy Intelligence

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.