Big new oilfield found in Mexico

And with it, one more reason to broom out the toadying Vicente Fox:

Mexican President Vicente Fox has announced the discovery of a new deep-water oil field, which is believed to contain 10bn barrels of crude.

The field is in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico says it could be bigger than its largest oil field, Cantarell.

Production there is said to have declined sharply in recent years.

Mr Fox made the announcement as figures showed the country’s total oil reserves had fallen 2% between 2003 and 2005.

Perforation of the well known as Noxal 1, which is located about 100km (60 miles) from the port of Coatzacoalcos on the coast of Veracruz state, started in December.

The oil is under 930 metres (0.6 miles) of water and a further 4,000 metres (2.5 miles) underground.


The government says its investment in exploration will enable Mexico to maintain its current output in the future.

With at least 3.4m barrels per day, Mexico is Latin America’s largest crude producer ahead of Venezuela and Brazil, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The oil industry provides one third of the Mexican state income. More than half the crude extracted is exported, mainly to the United States.

The state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is among the biggest players in the international oil market.

Mexico is not a member of oil producers’ cartel Opec.

Maybe it should be. Then Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador can, when elected, follow Hugo Chavez’s good example and invest those oil revenues where they belong: in Mexico’s infrastructure and social programs.

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