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A mini-dictionary of National Content rules in Mexico

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A mini-dictionary of National Content rules in Mexico MEI Report 791 — National Content: A Lexical Guide to Legal Dispositions Our new, 32-page report provides a mini-dictionary of terms and legal dispositions related to National Content in Mexico. The inspiration for the development of the dictionary was a panel on national content that was held Continue Reading

PetroBowl 2015: Career prospects for Mexican petroleum engineers

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PetroBowl 2015: Career prospects for Mexican petroleum engineers Market Comment 079 (HOUSTON) — For the first time in its 14-year history, SPE’s international contest for students of petroleum engineering was won by a team from outside the United States. That team was from Mexico’s National University (UNAM). This report retraces the contours of a conversation Continue Reading


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How AHMSA caused the CNH to reset the 3rd cycle of Round One HOUSTON — Not everyone in Mexico applauded the new oil regime that emerged in the legislative package that was promulgated on August 11, 2014. Within weeks, an affiliate of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), Mexico’s major steel manufacturer, entered a request for injunctive Continue Reading

The Senate’s Majority-Approved Hydrocarbon Legislation

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Did the days of debate change a single word? ON JULY 15, 2014, the Senate’s Joint Committee on Energy and Constitutional Issues released the text of the language approved by the majority of the committee. In the subsequent days, there were marathon sessions of debate. The session of July 19 was suspended at 02:45 of Continue Reading

Mexican Oil & Gas Summit

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(HOUSTON) — This report offers a critique of the industry conference held in Mexico City on July 1, 2014. The event included, as speakers, Sen. David Penchyna, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, as well as other government officials from SENER and CNH. Most of the speakers and panelists were from vendors of oilfield products Continue Reading

Emilio Lozoya’s Inner Circle in Pemex

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This report identifies patterns of executive recruitment in Pemex, much of which is done in six-year, presidential cycles. Particular attention is given to presidential appointees and the formation of a leadership team around the Director General. Table 1 lists the members of the inner circle of Emilio Lozoya; Table 2 presidential appointees in Pemex Corporate; Continue Reading

Mexico’s New Oil & Gas Regime

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MARKET NOTE 193 (HOUSTON) — THE ENERGY REFORM IN MEXICO that was announced by the Peña Nieto administration in December of 2013 was applauded by prospective investors in the oil‐and‐gas and power industries. Six months later, as the two pieces of implementing legislation in relation to hydrocarbons wind their way through committee review, the applause Continue Reading


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