Category Archives: Energy reform Pemex

Remapping the Mexican energy sector into English

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We have updated a report from 2010 that had been written to stabilize the translation of new terms from the Energy Reform of 2008.  One of the advances was to find a precise translation of “asignación,” a critical term that refers to the blocks that Pemex has received in Round Zero.  We have heard multiple Continue Reading

EPN’s Energy Reform Package

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How to square the proposals with the historical record and investment outlook? The debate that will follow the release of the government’s proposal for energy reform will invoke diverse claims and arguments. At the eye of the storm will be the linked topics of private capital investment, public oversight and Pemex governance. The PAN‐led, energy reform of Continue Reading

PRD Energy Reform Proposal

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The PRD released an eight-page summary of its Energy Reform proposal. MEI’s preliminary observations include the following: 1) One has the impression that this document was inspired by Pemex traditionalists, as Pemex is seen in the first place as a fuel supply agency, and, secondarily as an instrument for social development and cohesion. 2) The Continue Reading

What changes are needed for a meaningful reform in Midstream Gas?

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It has been remarked that in recent years there have been two failed openings in the energy sector: gas and power. Building on policy guidelines developed by his predecessor, the government of Ernesto Zedillo (1994‐2000) launched a major reform in the natural gas sector: the Natural Gas Act of 1995 established that the importation and Continue Reading

News Commentary: How to reinvent the legal figure of a private mineral interest in oil and gas?

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The hermetic and heavy silence of the Peña Nieto administration regarding their ideas for an energy reform for the fall of 2013 leaves everyone guessing about what’s on their minds. How to reinvent the legal figure of a private mineral interest in oil and gas? Recently, I’ve been asking myself the question about what minimal Continue Reading

Explosion at Pemex HQ in Building B-2:

Narratives and counter-narratives

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About 4 p.m. on January 31st, an explosion ripped through three floors of a Pemex administrative building at its headquarters complex in downtown Mexico City. Additionally, the blast—traveling through an underground tunnel—damaged a services building across the street. There were 37 fatalities and some 100 injuries. According to early reports, the explosion originated in the Continue Reading

Reflections on the Incident at Building B-2 of the

Pemex Headquarters Complex

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The explosion in the basement of the building in Pemex’s headquarters complex was not an industrial accident, as the building is not a facility in which petroleum products are processed, transported or sold. The explosion could have taken place in any other building that operated as an administrative center or office building (the Latin American Continue Reading


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