Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) subsidiary PC Carigali Mexico Operations S.A de C.V. has been awarded shallow water Block 6 in Gulf of Mexico’s Salina Basin.

Petronas said, Block 6 covered an area of about 559 square kilometres (sq km) in water depths of between 30 and 80 metres, and would be operated by PC Carigali Mexico in a 50:50 partnership with Ecopetrol, Colombia’s national oil company.

“Mexico is largely underexplored and holds substantial material opportunities, and we are very pleased to add Block 6 to our growing exploration portfolio in Mexico, and be one of the early movers in this basin” said Petronas Vice-President of Exploration, Upstream, Emeliana Rice-Oxley.

With a total of 5,491 sq km in gross acreage in the Salina Basin to-date, Petronas said, it would continue to chart its growth strategy in Mexico, supported by a new office in Mexico City that would commence operations in the third quarter of this year.



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