Pemex Launches Sonda Survey Work Tender

Mexican state oil company Pemex's E&P unit Pemex Exploracion y Produccion has launched an international tender to carry out geophysical and geotechnical survey work in the Sonda offshore field in Campeche state.

Work is slated to begin in April and will take a year to complete, according to bidding rules. Pemex has budgeted 200 million pesos (US$18 million) for the works.

Potential bidders may purchase bidding rules until February 28, with offers due March 6.

Last month, Pemex installed the country's largest offshore platform in the Sonda field. The 250,000b/d-capacity platform, dubbed KU-S, is part of the Ku Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) project, which is Pemex's largest project under development.

The platform will increase KMZ's crude production to 800,000b/d from 300,000b/d, which will help offset a drop at the Cantarell field. Pemex expects gas output at KMZ to reach 330Mf3/d (9.35Mm3/d).

Sonda in 2006 was Mexico's second most important gas producing region at 1.78Bf3/d.

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