WorldOil Mexico officially joins IEA as 30th member country Mexico officially became the International Energy Agency's 30th member country on Feb. 17, 2018, and its first member in Latin America. Pemex focuses on infrastructure improvements to bolster oil output With its money-losing refineries producing the least fuel in 27 years and only a handful of private partnerships announced since Mexico’s energy reforms, sealing a $2.6 billion venture with Mitsui and Co. will come as a relief to Petroleos Mexicanos. Eni wins rights to Block 24 in deepwater Mexico Eni and its partner Qatar Petroleum have been awarded rights to Block 24 located in the deep waters of the Cuenca Salina basin in Mexico. Shell wins nine key blocks in Mexico deepwater bid round In the deepwater bid round for the Mexican Gulf of Mexico, Shell Exploración y Extracción de México, S.A. de C.V., (Shell) won four exploration blocks on its own, one with its partner Pemex Exploración y Producción and four with its partner Qatar Petroleum International Limited. Mexico to hold bid rounds as presidential election nears Mexico is trying to lure as much oil investment as possible before the president who overhauled the country’s energy industry leaves. New Products and Services National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched the Rolligon dry additive mix unit, which uses a custom-designed mixer to pre-mix the gel powder with water on the fly, giving optimum gel quaity even at high rates. Mexico light oil vanishes from markets, leaving U.S. to plug gap Pemex’s crude menu has just gotten simpler. Genoil, Grupo Roales partner to develop oil projects in Mexico Genoil, the publicly traded clean technology engineering company for the petroleum industry, and Grupo Roales Mexico, today announced that that they have formed a ten-year alliance and partnership agreement to jointly engage in bids and develop projects in Mexico. Mexican protesters disable $400-million natural gas pipeline A chunk of Sempra Energy’s natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico. Simmons Edeco to carry out onshore drilling campaign in Mexico Simmons Edeco, a leading global oilfield service provider, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Weatherford de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., a subsidiary of Weatherford International, to provide drilling services to Canadian-based Renaissance Oil Corp. and its partner Lukoil, which are developing a diversified shale and mature fields portfolio in oil-rich Mexico.