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Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has reached an agreement for the sale of its interest in Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica, S.A. De C.V. (a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex). The transaction will transfer Shell's interest in the partnership, and therefore full ownership of the refinery, to Pemex, subject to regulatory approvals.
Petroleos Mexicanos discovered what’s expected to be a billion-barrel oil field in Tabasco as it aims to reverse a decade and a half of sinking production. “It’s a gigantic field,” said Romero, comparing it to the recently discovered gas and condensate fields Quesqui, with 900 million barrels of oil equivalent, as well as Ixachi, with 1.9 billion.
Mexico’s Pemex reduced losses during the second quarter even as crude prices fell during the coronavirus pandemic. The 44.3 billion peso net loss during the April-June period was over 16% lower than the nearly 53 billion pesos Pemex lost in the same period last year. During the quarter, Pemex’s financial debt rose nearly $2.4 billion to $107.2 billion, one of the largest of any oil company worldwide.
Mexican state-run Pemex has commenced signing contracts with oilfield service firms specifically invited for submitting regarding a new batch of priority E&P projects. Octavio Romero, CEO, Pemex, who was speaking on the sidelines of an energy event in Ciudad del Carmen, informed that the closed bidding process allows Pemex to save on costs. Romero foresees all the contracting for this year's projects to be concluded by the middle of 2020.
Pemex has received approval from Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) to develop onshore and offshore exploration opportunities. The firm has committed a 25-year investment of $10-billion. Pemex has planned to develop 22 new offshore fields in 2019. According to the current plan, Pemex will invest $330 million for the development and extraction operations in its Octli field.
Mexican state oil firm Pemex has reported a decline in its oil exports in April. Its oil exports dropped by 11% compared to the statistics of the previous month. The production of the company also went down by 0.9%. The company is also struggling because of the debts of almost $106 billion. President of Pemex has assured the recovery of the company by increasing the production at least by 50%.
The Mexico pipeline explosion on Friday has so far claimed 85 lives, according to a Minister. In a news briefing, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told the reporters that state-owned Pemex considered the leak “minimal”, and did not shut the gasoline pipe despite an early warning from the military. Officials said that dozens of bodies were so badly charred that they will have to resort to DNA testing for identification.
Pemex-owned, Mexico’s largest refinery in Salina Cruz resumed operation, post a shutdown due to a power outage on Wednesday. The Salina Cruz refinery processes 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd). Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex has increased processing at the refinery to somewhat more than 200 Mbpd of crude.
McDermott International has bagged a subsea pipeline flowline installation contract from PEMEX Exploration & Production. The contract is on a lump sum basis. McDermott will perform the design and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for two subsea pipelines in support of Ayatsil field, offshore Mexico. Installation of the pipelines is slated for completion in the first phase 2019.