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Edgar Rangel Germán
A Remembrance

One executive of a major oil company wrote that “Edgar was the reason why we believed that one day we could do business in Mexico.” His Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University gave him a credibility with international audiences that no one else in Mexico had.

Round 1

Much room for improvement in process and outcomes — In public, the three lease auctions held in 2015 were praised as successes of transparency and public stewardship of natural resources. It was a very big step...

Farmout Outlook

Problematic for all operators in Mexico — Farmout agreements provide a flexible way for leaseholders and oil companies to deploy capital in exploration and development on a contingent basis, a principle known as Drill-to-Earn. International...

Midstream Gas

For natural gas, we have issued 135 reports since 1995 — For more than 20 years, Mexico has not resolved the role of natural gas in energy, environment and urban policy. In 1994, Mexico imposed a 10% tariff on natural gas imports...

Ron Sweatman

For want of a nail, a horse was lost — The narrative about the cause of Macondo well blowout of April 10, 2010, has been about the failure of the cement job. Four years after the event, Halliburton, the cement contractor, agreed to pay $1.1 billion...

Hall of Fame Recipient

Francisco Salazar

Regulatory asymmetry in Mexico — Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) has had a long and difficult struggle to justify its existence. Created in 1995 with the aim of regulating natural gas markets, for most of the next twenty years, its staff...

Alfredo Guzmán

The diversity of ideas finds oil — Not since the late 1970s has Pemex's exploration division had a string of successes in finding giant fields. That said, for decades Pemex was—and may still be—the largest offshore oil and gas producer in the world...

Electric Sector

The 15-year march toward a wholesale power market — In February of 1999, the PRI administration of Ernesto Zedillo issued its vision for a wholesale power market in Mexico. It was too late in the term to have the proposal passed...

Lexical Database

The Energy Reform introduced a new lexicon — In Spanish, the verb reformar means "to edit or amend"; it does not mean "to reform" in the sense in English. This false cognate needs to be kept in mind in distinguishing elements of the legal...

Bilingual Proficiency

Bilingual proficiency as a matter of fluid mechanics — For anyone with an international career in business, government, academia or journalism, advancement in bilingual proficiency should be a permanent goal...