Pemex to Offer 4 Blocks in Second MSC Round

Mexico's state oil company Pemex will offer four blocks in its second round of multiple service contracts (MSCs), which it plans to launch this year, Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica director general Marcos Ramirez told BNamericas.

The two unassigned blocks left over from the first round - Ricos and Corindon-Pandura - will be split into three, and a fourth block, also in the Burgos basin, will be added, Ramirez said.

A Pemex source recently told BNamericas that the second round would be held in July-August; speaking on the sidelines of 13th annual Latin American energy conference, Ramirez said it would be in the second half.

Mexico's energy minister Felipe Calderón said he "was not disappointed at all" by the first MSC round, despite the fact that only 5 of 7 blocks were awarded and bids were few.

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