Mexico Retains Oil Hedge Size Despite Planned Export StopBy Cas Biekmann | Wed, 01/26/2022 - 15:17
Mexico aims to stop exporting crude oil entirely, though the country’s oil hedge suggests it is not ready to do so. Analysts worry Dos Bocas will not be completed on time and on budget, whereas SENER affirms the project advances smoothly. In other news, Fieldwood sees plans for two major oil fields approved.
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The country’s program to guarantee oil income production in 2022 remained similar in scope than previous years, within the range of US$1 billion. Analysts say this is a sign Mexico cannot yet fully support President López Obrador’s plans to stop exporting crude.
The government’s flagship mega-refinery Dos Bocas will reportedly cost more than 40 percent of the previous estimation and will likely not be finished in 2022, according to the government’s deadline. Analysts point out that the original price tag has increased significantly and now stands at US$12.5 billion.
Nevertheless, Mexico’s Minister of Energy, Rocío Nahle, offers a different view: “Dos Bocas is being built in record time. Opinions around the world are very positive,” she said.
The National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) reported that in 2021 oil production averaged. 1.65MMbpd a marginal increase of 0.1 percent compared to the same month in 2020.
The scope of the CNH-approved work program includes the Ichalkil-6, Ichalkil-8, and Pokoch-3 wells. Fieldwood aims to invest US$476.6 million in 2022.
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