Pemex Starts Ops at Lobina Oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico

Mexico's state oil company Pemex has started operations at the offshore Lobina oilfield on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Tamaulipas state with initial production of 4,680 barrels a day (b/d) of crude and 1.57 million cubic feet a day (Mf3/d) of gas, Pemex said in a statement.

Pemex invested 745mn pesos (US$67.1mn) to develop the Lobina field, which is 31km from Tampico port in Tamaulipas state at the mouth of the Panuco river, the statement said.

The field has a tripod platform with capacity for six wells and a 12-inch oil/gas pipeline to transport hydrocarbons to platform B of the nearby Arenque field.

As a result of the start of production on the Lobina-1 well, Pemex's crude oil production in the whole Altamira area will increase 20% to 28,000b/d and gas production will rise to 53Mf3/d from 50Mf3/d.

Production in the Poza Rica-Altamira area will rise to 88,000b/d of crude and 155Mf3/d of gas, Pemex said.

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