The energy reform, that Mexico introduced two years ago, allows private companies to explore for oil and gas for the first time since 1938 and continues to make progress. The third auction in the process has taken place this December and the government has recently published the terms for the fourth.

  1. Results of the third phase
  2. Announcement of fourth phase


On 15 December 2015, Mexico held its third oil & gas auction of the first oil & gas Round. The tender included 25 licences to extract oil and gas from onshore fields in the states of Chiapas, Nuevo León, Tabasco, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

The National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH) has awarded 100% of the blocks auctioned among the 40 participating companies, which makes this auction the most successful round of those held up till now.

This call was designed to promote the participation of local firms, that´s why most of the successful companies have been Mexican consortiums or companies formed with Mexican capital.

The contractual areas were distributed as follows:

Click here to view table.

The auction winners were published on the official website and the most recent consultation was on 17 December.


The Mexican government has announced the fourth auction of the first oil & gas round

The CNH has published the bidding rules of the fourth phase of the auction which will include 10 contractual areas in deep-water and non-conventional areas in the Gulf of Mexico, six exploration blocks in the Salina Basin and four exploration blocks in the Cinturon Plegado Perdido basin. This auction will take place on the second half of 2016.

According to the rules, will be awarded licence contracts and the operators must provide evidence that they have guarantees of US$2 billion or total assets of US$10 billion dollars whereas the non-operating companies must certify guarantees for US$250 million.