Mexico



Very usefull links



PW
Bookstore





News links

AP

AFP

Aljazeera

Dow Jones

Oil price

Reuters

Bloomberg

Views and News
from
Norway

 

 

 

 

Mexico's Lopez Obrador to allow oil auctions to continue - Advisor

 

 

 

By Dave Graham

MEXICO CITY
Petroleumworld 06 26 2018

Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, may allow more oil and gas fields to be auctioned off if elected on July 1, a top adviser said on Monday, striking a moderate tone days before the election.

Lopez Obrador, who has a commanding poll lead ahead of Sunday's vote, has been a longstanding critic of the 2013-14 energy reform that opened up oil and gas production and exploration to private and foreign investors.

However, Alfonso Romo, his top business adviser and nominee for chief of staff, said Lopez Obrador was open to permitting more auctions if the process had not been tainted by wrongdoing.

Lopez Obrador has vowed to review outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto's energy overhaul, and threatened to cancel the reform if he found corruption in the awarding of contracts.

“The auctions are going to continue if everything we find is alright,” Romo said, noting that Lopez Obrador himself had taken the same message to investors. “He said it in New York. Andres Manuel, not Alfonso Romo.”

Romo, a business tycoon, reiterated his vote of confidence in the energy sector liberalization, saying he felt “very at ease” with the oil contracts he had reviewed so far.

Members of Lopez Obrador's campaign team have sent out mixed signals on the reform, with some arguing Mexico should not be giving up its oil to private or foreign interests.

Romo said that Mexico needed to lower energy dependence on the United States, and if the private sector could help it do so, it should. He also said a Lopez Obrador government should consider allowing private investment in oil refining.

A Lopez Obrador government would also like to strengthen a “very undervalued” peso currency by boosting investor confidence and the rule of law, Romo said. He took pains to stress that a Lopez Obrador government did not plan to resort to intervention for that purpose.

“This government's straitjacket will be that we don't want to raise the debt,” Romo said. “And we will achieve it.”

The peso sank to a 1-1/2-year low this month, hit by a broad dollar rally, a deadlock in talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement and some nerves ahead of the election.

Lopez Obrador, 64, was runner-up in the last two campaigns and has long been the foremost anti-establishment voice in Mexico. Some of his proposals, such as suspending the oil and gas auctions, have unnerved investors.

Romo said the process of revising the energy reform and its contracts should ideally be completed by about October. The next president will take office at the start of December.

Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, holds a double-digit lead in all major opinion polls, although one survey on Monday showed his lead narrowing slightly.

________________________

Twitter: @petroleumworld1

Petroleumworld.com

Hit your target - Advertise with Us

Story by Dave Graham; Writing by Michael O'Boyle; editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Leslie Adler from Reuters.

reuters.com
06 25 2018

We invite all our readers to share with us
their views and comments about this article.
Write to editor@petroleumworld.com

By using this link, you agree to allow PW
to publish your comments on our letters page.

Any question or suggestions,
please write to: editor@petroleumworld.com

Best Viewed with IE 5.01+ Windows NT 4.0, '95,
'98,ME,XP, Vista, Windows 7,8,10 +/ 800x600 pixels

Twitter:@petroleumworld1

November 13 - 15, 2018.

Gubkin University, Moscow
SPE Student Chapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP

Contact: editor@petroleumworld.com,

Editor & Publisher:Elio Ohep/
Contact Email: editor@petroleumworld.com

CopyRight © 1999-2016, Paul Ohep F. - All Rights Reserved. Legal Information

PW in Top 100 Energy Sites

CopyRight©1999-2017, Petroleumworld ™  / Elio Ohep - All rights reservedThis site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.