Pemex Registers Natgas Output Record in March

Mexico's state oil company Pemex registered its highest average natural gas production volume in its history in March of 5.16 billion cubic feet a day (Bf3/d), Pemex said in a statement.

In the same month Pemex also registered its highest unassociated natural gas production of 2.12Bf3/d, the statement said.

In the first quarter of 2006, Pemex produced an average of 5.09Bf3/d of gas, up 10% compared to the same period of 2005 and 6% more than average daily production during the whole of 2005, the statement said.

Pemex produced 3.03Bf3/d of associated natural gas and 2.07Bf3/d of unassociated natural gas, increases of 4.3% and 19% respectively compared to 1Q05, the statement said.

Pemex's higher unassociated natural gas production was due to intense activity at the company's northern region fields, according to the statement.

In the first quarter of 2006, Pemex's northern region produced the highest natural gas volume of 2.02Bf3/d, 40% of total national production. The marine regions in the Campeche basin produced 1.68Bf3/d, 33% of total production, while the southern region produced 1.36Bf3/d, the statement said.

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