Minister: IMP Seeks Closer Ties with Pemex

Mexico's oil institute (IMP) aims to strengthen ties with state oil company Pemex, energy minister Georgina Kessel said in a speech to celebrate IMP's 42nd anniversary.

By strengthening ties, Pemex and IMP could jointly define technological priorities for the coming years, Kessel said, according to a transcript of the speech.

"The portfolio of projects should be oriented to attending to the areas of interest in each of the Pemex subsidiaries. Under this premise, the applied research should help add value to the activities of the oil industry," Kessel said.

IMP must coordinate its R&D work with the needs of Pemex and other clients, Pemex CEO Jesús Reyes Heroles said, according to an IMP statement. He also called on IMP to increase modernization.

Pemex is working to update and specify its technological needs in order to assist IMP in organizing its works, Reyes Heroles said.

Kessel said another goal is to strengthen IMP by diversifying its work areas to include renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Felipe Navarrete, general secretary of the IMP union (SNTIMP), called on IMP to join Pemex as a subsidiary.

Since its establishment in 1965, IMP has registered 711 patents, of which roughly 25% are still in effect, Kessel said.

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