Mexico Holds Oil Bids Like There’s No Tomorrow Before Election – Bloomberg

Mexico is trying to lure as much oil investment as possible before the president who overhauled the country’s energy industry leaves.

 By the end of the summer, the country that until recently had a state monopoly on crude will have offered more than 100 permits to oil majors like Exxon Mobil Corp. in three auctions this year. The last bidding round, announced on Wednesday, will cover an area bigger than Delaware.

The pace of sales is unprecedented as the country prepares to say goodbye to the presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto, who oversaw a complete makeover of the country’s energy laws to lure foreign investment into everything from oil fields to pipelines to refineries.

 An election in July could alter the course of the enormous transformation as Mexicans choose who will succeed Pena Nieto in December, with a candidate that has pledged to review the energy reforms leading the polls.
For now, oil giants including Exxon, BP Plc and Chevron Corp. are set to invest tens of billions of dollars in the country after winning exploration and production licenses in previous auctions. And they are lining up to bid for more.

“The rounds transcend the electoral cycles,” Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said today at the presentation of the onshore auction plans in Mexico City. The oil auctions “exclusively comply with the energy policy that Mexico demands and will continue to demand in the future.”

Source: Mexico Holds Oil Bids Like There’s No Tomorrow Before Election – Bloomberg

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