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Mexico’s Energy Industry Gushes With Investment Opportunity

January 13, 2015

By MICHAEL FITZGERALD & ARTURO CARRILLO

Mexico’s government recently passed reforms repealing important limitations on oil and gas ownership introduced in 1938.While these reforms will reshape Mexico’s energy industry over the next few years, they will also bring about investment opportunities in the energy industry throughout the rest of Latin America.

The proposed privatization of Pemex, the state oil company, would open up 17 per cent of currently producing oil fields to foreign exploitation and allow foreign companies to bid for development rights to 79 per cent of Mexico’s reserve fields. In addition, the state owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is set to face competitors. Mexico’s energy industry, which was in decline due to the dire need for improved technology, investment and reserve management, is now gushing with investment opportunity that will be principally supported by investors from the US and Canada. However, there will also likely be great interest from investors worldwide.

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