Mexico Oil & Gas "Apertura" - Round 2 – 1st Call for Bids: 15 Shallow Water Blocks

Mexico launched on July 20th the first call for Round 2 of its Oil & Gas "Apertura", which covers 15 shallow water offshore blocks. 

The blocks are located along the coasts of Tampico, Misantla, Veracruz and southeastern Gulf of Mexico area.  The bidding process will take 8 months with awards of the offshore blocks are scheduled for March 2017. 

Shallow Waters and Above-Ground Risks

Successful bidders (e.g. IOCs) for the blocks located in shallow water of the Gulf of Mexico will sign a production sharing contract for 30 years with two possible extensions of five years.

These shallow water blocks present above-ground non-technical risks, that if inadequately managed often translate into project delays and cost overruns, and operational interruptions during the project life cycle.

The area encompassed by the Round 2 shallow water blocks is geographically extensive and environmentally diverse, and it includes sensitive areas with high biodiversity as well as communities that rely on natural resources.

Initial engagement with stakeholders has identified environmental and social concerns, and communities’ needs among those living closest to the oil and gas areas, including for example:

·       Impacts to ecosystems due to spills and leaks and wastewater discharges,

·       Increase in vehicular and vessel traffic, 

·       Impact on existing local infrastructure and services, 

·       Community health and safety, 

·       Local content requirements, 

·       Income generating opportunities,

·       Skills training,

·       Education, and

·       Basic services.

These challenges and expectations require a contextualized and integrated approach, and innovative solutions to manage the sustainability non-technical risks to ensure the success of the Apertura and oil and gas business ventures in Mexico.

How HSE International, LLC can help

The successful IOCs need to develop and adopt, from the onset, strategies based on a framework that integrates social, economic, environmental, and institutional factors, to have a clear vision for how to operate in the area. 

HSE International’s experience working in the oil and gas industry, in environmentally sensitive and complex social settings, and our international delivery capabilities working with local strategic partners in Mexico, can help IOCs develop and implement strategies based on a sustainability framework.

HSE International’s Sustainable Development Analysis (SDA) combines social, economic, environmental, political and institutional analysis to improve the understanding of the linkages between development dynamics and the political and social structures that shape development outcomes.

We have the knowledge and experience to assist IOCs develop and implement sustainable development frameworks to address these issues early in the project cycle, helping Companies’ manage the above-ground risks and impacts, and contribute to earning and maintaining the regulatory and social licenses to operate. 

HSE International has worked in the Mexico’s oil and gas sector since 2008, including supporting IOCs, NOCs and Regulators, along the oil and gas value chain. We have developed a process to address social, environmental, security and safety risks each step of the way, and are eager to contribute to a more sustainable development of the oil and gas sector in Mexico. 

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