Mr Rogelio López-Velarde

Rogelio López-Velarde


Energy & Natural Resources

President fast-tracks imports of diesel and gasoline
Mexico | May 09 2016

The president has confirmed that imports of diesel and gasoline will be opened up to private parties as of April 1 2016. Mexican companies holding the relevant import permits issued by the Ministry of Energy will now be allowed to import diesel and gasoline, while retail prices for these commodities will continue to be subject to maximum prices set by the federal executive until December 31 2017.

New open access provisions for national transmission grid and general distribution grids
Mexico | April 25 2016

The Energy Regulatory Commission has published the general administrative provisions on open access and services provided in the national transmission grid and the general distribution grids. The provisions are intended to facilitate the obligation of the National Centre for Energy Control to guarantee open access to the grids, which will remain owned by state productive subsidiaries of the Federal Electricity Commission.

New regulatory instruments for natural gas sector
Mexico | April 11 2016

The Energy Regulatory Commission has published in the Federal Register two regulatory instruments that are key to the development of the natural gas marketing sector in Mexico. In particular, the regulatory instruments aim to increase competition and expand value-added services for natural gas consumers.

CENACE publishes model agreements
Mexico | April 04 2016

The National Centre for Energy Control recently published the model agreement for the technical and commercial operation of transmission and distribution infrastructure, as well as model market participant agreements for generators, suppliers, non-supplier marketers and qualified users. Among other things, the agreements set out operational terms and conditions and the grounds for their termination.

Open access rules for natural gas pipeline transportation and storage
Mexico | March 07 2016

The Energy Regulatory Commission recently published general administrative provisions which establish new open access rules for natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services. The new provisions set open access obligations to which permit holders undertaking these activities will be subject, as well as service modalities and the conditions under which midstream facilities can be considered 'self-use' facilities.

Ministry of Energy publishes separation terms for Federal Electricity Commission
Mexico | February 22 2016

The Ministry of Energy recently published the Terms for the Strict Legal Separation of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). According to the separation terms, the activities carried out by the CFE (at present, a vertically integrated monopoly) will be performed on an independent and strict legal separation basis, through either state productive subsidiaries, affiliates, business vehicles or alliances allowed under the CFE Law.

Energy Transition Law published
Mexico | February 08 2016

The long-awaited Energy Transition Law was recently published in the Federal Register. The law – which Congress passed in the context of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – establishes the new legal framework applicable to the sustainable use of energy.

Deep-water bidding process approved
Mexico | February 01 2016

The National Hydrocarbons Commission recently approved the call for Bidding Process CNH-R01-L04/2015. The bidding process will be conducted for the award of licence agreements for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in deep and ultra-deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 10 contract areas will be awarded.

New guidelines for wholesale electricity market
Mexico | January 25 2016

After an extensive consultation process, the Ministry of Energy has published the Wholesale Electricity Market Guidelines, which constitute the primary regulatory instrument setting out the design and operational principles of the Mexican wholesale electricity market. The market will be operated by the independent system operator, the National Centre for Energy Control.

New guidelines on natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas permit applications
Mexico | January 18 2016

The Energy Regulatory Commission recently published application requirements for natural gas transportation, storage, distribution, liquefaction, regasification, compression, decompression and retail permits, and for permits for the management of natural gas integrated systems. The Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement also published draft requirements for liquefied petroleum gas-related permits.

Guidelines on use of information stored at National Hydrocarbons Information Centre
Mexico | January 11 2016

The National Hydrocarbons Commission recently published guidelines on the use of information stored at the National Hydrocarbons Information Centre. The guidelines apply to geological, geophysical, petrophysical, petrochemical and general data and information obtained from recognition and superficial exploration activities, as well as exploration and extraction activities, which are available at the centre.

Incorporation of Pemex Industrial Transformation
Mexico | December 14 2015

As part of the reorganisation of Mexican Petroleum (Pemex), three Pemex subsidiaries have now merged into a single enterprise called Pemex Industrial Transformation (PTI). The main purpose of the PTI will be the refinement, transformation, processing, import, export, marketing, retail, manufacture and sale of hydrocarbons, petroleum products, natural gas and petrochemicals.

Draft provisions on registration of qualified users and non-supplier marketers
Mexico | December 07 2015

The Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement recently published two sets of draft general administrative provisions submitted by the Energy Regulatory Commission for public comment. The draft provisions set out the applicable terms for the registration, request, delivery and exchange of information relating to the activities of qualified electricity users and non-supplier marketers.

New rules for crude oil pipelines and terminals
Mexico | November 30 2015

Following a long consultation process, the Energy Regulatory Commission recently published the general administrative provisions on hydrocarbon pipeline transportation and storage services. A key element of the new provisions is the establishment of a framework under which private exploration and production operators may be granted access to Mexican Petroleum's hydrocarbon midstream transportation and storage infrastructure.

Amendments to second call of Round 1 bidding for offshore blocks
Mexico | August 24 2015

Following a poor turnout in the first bidding process called by the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) to award 14 exploration and extraction blocks in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the CNH has introduced certain changes to the bidding guidelines and model production sharing contract for the second bidding process to award five extraction blocks, also in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Pemex: new rules for dealing with business partners and contractors
Mexico | July 13 2015

Despite the arrival of new industry players following the recent energy sector reform, Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) will continue to play a major role in the Mexican oil and gas industry. As its role in the industry is reshaped, Pemex has introduced two critical legal instruments to regulate its relationships with private players.

Draft guidelines unveiled for wholesale electricity market
Mexico | April 07 2015

In a significant development in the overhaul of the industry, the Ministry of Energy has submitted to the Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement the highly anticipated draft market guidelines for the organisation and operation of the wholesale electricity market. The guidelines include procedures for the registration and certification of market participants and envisage the design of the clean energy certificate market.

Regulatory wave of change: keeping up with the pace
Mexico | March 30 2015

The statutory framework overhauling the Mexican energy sector has now been fully enacted. Two major next steps are envisaged: expanding exploration and production by launching rounds for the award of contracts to private operators and the continued enactment of regulations, directives, rules, guidelines and principles to implement the reform further.

Energy reform: another step ahead with promulgation of implementing regulations
Mexico | December 15 2014

When the secondary legislation for the recent energy reform was promulgated in August 2014, President Peña Nieto committed to continue with an aggressive schedule of implementation and offered to issue the administrative regulations to enact the reform by the end of October 2014. Consistent with this, the implementing regulations have now come into effect.

Energy reform implementing legislation: electricity and geothermal energy
Mexico | September 01 2014

In December 2013 Congress passed a constitutional amendment to overhaul the Mexican energy sector; the secondary legislation to implement the reform recently entered into force. This update covers the provisions affecting the electricity and geothermal energy sectors and highlights key preliminary considerations for existing market participants and those that will enter the market as a result of the overhaul.

Energy reform implementing legislation now in force: oil and gas provisions
Mexico | August 26 2014

The secondary legislation to implement Mexico's overhaul of its energy sector is now in force. While amending existing statutes to comply with the new framework, the legislative package includes a number of new laws. This update covers the provisions affecting the oil and gas sector and highlights key preliminary considerations for existing market participants and those that will enter the market as a result of the overhaul.

Next step in energy sector overhaul: new legislative package published
Mexico | June 09 2014

In a historic move, in December 2013 Congress approved a bill to implement constitutional changes that will reshape the structure of the Mexican oil and gas sector. The president has now submitted to the Senate the long-awaited bill setting out the legislative package to be passed in order to implement the constitutional changes.

Pemex 'Round Zero' process initiated
Mexico | April 22 2014

The Mexican national oil company (Pemex) recently submitted its requests for the so-called 'Round Zero' to the Ministry of Energy and the National Hydrocarbons Commission. Following completion of Round Zero, the government will define the areas to be released from Pemex control, which – in addition to areas not presently covered by Pemex – will be opened to bidding by private international operators.

Energy sector overhaul now in effect
Mexico | January 20 2014

Congress has made a historic move by breaking the government's vertically integrated monopoly over oil, gas and electricity, thereby opening the door to competition in the Mexican energy industry. Following approval by both Congress and the vast majority of state legislatures, the constitutional amendments have been promulgated and are now in effect.

New carbon tax and water fees proposed
Mexico | October 14 2013

The president has proposed a tax reform that will have a significant effect on the use, exploitation and consumption of natural resources, including fossil fuels and water. The president's bill proposes a carbon tax applicable to manufacturers, producers and importers of fossil fuels, as well as a new tax on the transfer of water extracted from a particular basin and consumed at another without an environmental connection.

President submits energy reform bill to Congress
Mexico | September 02 2013

In a historic move for the Mexican energy industry, President Enrique Peña Nieto recently submitted to Congress a bill of amendments for a major overhaul of the energy sector. The bill is the beginning of a series of changes to federal legislation in need of reform, and sets out the basis for a new perspective in the operation of both the oil and gas industry and the power sector.

Environmental liability law brings significant implications for energy sector
Mexico | August 12 2013

The government recently enacted a new statute that will directly affect the way in which energy companies deal with environmental liability and the sustainable business model of projects. It is yet to be seen how the statute will be implemented, but the ambitious system and goals that it has set call for a major change in the sustainable development of projects in Mexico.

Pemex subsidiary entities publish new articles of association
Mexico | May 07 2013

The articles of association of the four subsidiary entities of Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) recently became effective. The new articles are in line with the recently published amendments to Pemex's articles of association and contain provisions to establish the entities' basic organisational structure and the scope of authority of their general directors, administrative units, departments, managerial and general personnel.

Guidelines issued for authorisation of oil and gas drilling works
Mexico | March 11 2013

The Ministry of Energy has published its guidelines for the authorisation of drilling works for oil and gas exploration and production. The guidelines set forth the documents to be submitted to the ministry and the requirements that must be met by Pemex before it can be authorised to undertake drilling activities. The list of required documents and conditions to be met is significant and, in places, vague.

New dispatch rules for National Electric System
Mexico | January 28 2013

The Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement has published a draft of the new Dispatch and Operation Rules of the National Electric System. The dispatch rules will supersede those that were previously in effect and include both specific rules for renewable energy and efficient cogeneration facilities and further details about the necessary procedures for the dispatch of generation facilities.

New interconnection rules for renewable energy and cogeneration projects
Mexico | December 10 2012

The Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a resolution establishing the legal, administrative and technical requirements that power generators must satisfy to be eligible to interconnect their renewable energy and efficient cogeneration projects to the National Electric System. The new rules are another step forward in the government's efforts to improve the regulatory framework for renewable energy projects.

Amendment to contracting provisions gives Pemex greater flexibility
Mexico | November 12 2012

An amendment to the Contracting Administrative Provisions for Acquisitions, Leases, Works and Services of the Substantive Productive Activities of Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) and Subsidiary Entities has been published in the Federal Register. This amendment allows Pemex to negotiate and execute contracts dealing with regulated sectors with greater flexibility.

International agreement on transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs published
Mexico | October 15 2012

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published in the Federal Register the Agreement Between the United Mexican States and the United States of America Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico. The treaty establishes the terms and conditions for exploring and developing the oil and gas reservoirs along the maritime border between the two countries in the Gulf of Mexico.

'Greening' the energy sector: Congress passes climate change law
Mexico | May 28 2012

Mexico relies on fossil fuels for nearly 90% of its energy; one of the main objectives of the General Climate Change Law is the phasing-in of renewables in their place. Economic incentives for the development of efficient cogeneration and 'clean' energy facilities are among the many changes likely to affect the industry in the short and medium term.

US-Mexican treaty on Gulf of Mexico transboundary reservoirs
Mexico | March 19 2012

After months of speculation, the US and Mexican governments have agreed a framework that, among other things, effectively creates a harmonised system of offshore technical standards for exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. The treaty sets the terms whereby Mexican state-owned hydrocarbons company Pemex may conclude a joint venture for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves.

Climate change law spells change for energy sector
Mexico | February 13 2012

In recent years Mexico has sought to play a greater global role in climate change policy. The General Law on Climate Change, recently passed by the Senate, is an important piece of the puzzle. Among other things, the law calls for the gradual elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and seeks to foster the development of clean-energy facilities, efficient cogeneration and renewables.

Pipeline project leads revamp of gas infrastructure
Mexico | November 28 2011

Although industrial demand for gas has grown substantially, Mexico's transportation capacity has not kept pace. An ambitious investment plan worth $10.5 billion includes plans for nearly 4,400 kilometres of new pipelines. Together with other industry developments, such as the final implementation of rules for direct sales of domestic gas by Pemex, the pipeline projects make this a sector in development.

New water use regulations to boost small-scale hydroelectric projects
Mexico | July 11 2011

Recent changes to the National Water Law provide that hydroelectric projects with a power generation capacity of up to 30 megawatts do not require a government concession to use water from rivers or channels for electric power production, provided that such use does not divert water flow or affect water quality or volume. The National Water Commission has now clarified these criteria.

New regulations for coal-bed methane permits
Mexico | June 27 2011

Amendments to the Mining Law Regulations on Coal-Bed Methane, which are expected to be in effect shortly, set out the key information that mining concessionaires must supply in an application for a coal-bed methane production permit. The amendments also provide that in the case of projects for gas for delivery to Pemex, the Ministry of Energy may refuse to issue a permit on certain grounds.

Incentive-based contracts: first exploration and production bids invited
Mexico | April 11 2011

Pemex-Exploración y Producción - the exploration and production subsidiary of the state-controlled oil company Pemex - has announced a call for an international public bid for an exploration and production project. For the first time, the process will incorporate the new incentive-based model contracts that were recently declared valid by the Supreme Court of Justice.

Supreme Court gives all-clear to new incentive-based contracts
Mexico | January 17 2011

The Supreme Court recently upheld the legality of the new Pemex Regulations, allowing Mexico's state oil company to launch the first round of the new exploration and production contracts, starting with mature fields in southern Mexico. The new model contracts create an incentive to maximise production levels and are widely seen as first step towards more innovative sector developments.

Market liberalisation: restructuring of gas transportation infrastructure rules
Mexico | December 13 2010

Mexico's busy natural gas transmission networks face restructuring through the reallocation of capacity and provision of transportation services, with the long-awaited conclusion of the transitional period introduced in 1999. The plan is viewed by market analysts as a further step towards market liberalisation.

Pemex: new contract rules come into effect
Mexico | September 06 2010

Oil company Pemex recently formed the Committee of Strategy and Investments and the Committee of Acquisitions, Leases, Works and Services. This brought into effect the 2009 Contracting Administrative Provisions, which govern services and public works related to productive activities. The provisions replace the more rigid government procurement laws that Pemex had to apply under the previous regime.

Understanding the natural gas sector
Mexico | July 19 2010

Mexico is one of the few countries that has liberalized its natural gas midstream and downstream industry without liberalizing and allowing competition in gas production. However, the federal government is looking to foster the participation of the private sector in the natural gas industry and increase the production of natural gas.

New Regulations on Renewable Energy Law
Mexico | September 28 2009

The Regulations to the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy and the Financing of the Energy Transition have been published. Among other things, they set a timeframe for proposing rules on the interconnection of renewable energy projects with the national grid and calculating the compensation due to self-supply, small-scale production and independent power production projects.

Draft Regulations Spell Out Drive for Renewable Energy
Mexico | August 03 2009

The energy reform package approved in November 2008 requires extensive regulations to implement it. The Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement's recently published draft regulations range from policy aims in the fields of renewable energy and cogeneration to specific requirements for public bidding for renewables projects and details of the Federal Electricity Commission's projects.

Electricity Sector: Understanding the Regulatory Environment
Mexico | June 29 2009

The federal government is looking to encourage private participation in the electricity sector, particularly in power generation, and the lack of public resources to cope with demand has become one of the leading drivers for structural reform. Among other things, private involvement requires an understanding of the regulatory landscape and the fields of generation, transmission and distribution.

President's Nominees to Pemex Board Await Senate Approval
Mexico | March 23 2009

Among the regulatory measures required to implement the energy reform package, President Calderón must ask the Senate to ratifiy his nominees to the board of Pemex, the state-owned oil and gas company. These professional members will exercise considerable decision-making authority in the reorganized corporation. The Senate has a 30-day period in which to consider the four nominees.

Energy Reform: President's Promulgation Starts the Clock for Implementation
Mexico | December 15 2008

President Felipe Calderón has promulgated the new energy reform package, bringing numerous provisions into effect and starting the countdown on a challenging implementation schedule. Implementing regulations for many of the provisions not on the agenda, such as those relating to Pemex contracts and citizen bonds, must be enacted promptly if the industry is fully to realize the advantages of the reform.

Energy reform bill: Senate considers future of private sector involvement
Mexico | September 08 2008

President Felipe Calderón has submitted a bill to allow Pemex, the state-owned oil and gas company, to increase production and allow greater private sector involvement in the Mexican oil and gas industry. The bill advocates a moderate, positive approach to reform, but recent political debates and an alternative proposal are likely to lead to a more conservative outcome.

Industry Update
Mexico | May 06 2003

The Ministry of Energy recently published the new official standard for the distribution of natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas through pipelines. It will enter into force on May 12 2003. Meanwhile, the Federal Electricity Commission has awarded the El Cajón hydroelectric project, one of the largest in Latin America, to a consortium led by Ingenieros Civiles Asociados.

Proposal Amends Procurement Rules
Mexico | March 03 2003

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that amends the two statutes which regulate all of the federal government's acquisitions and public works projects. The bill will significantly change the way bids are implemented by oil and gas company Pemex, electricity supply company CFE and other government agencies.

Pemex Releases Third Draft of Multiple Services Contract
Mexico | February 10 2003

Pemex (the state oil and gas company) has released the third draft of the Multiple Services Model Contract. The aim is to hire contractors to perform a wide variety of services under single contracts. The release should allow enough time for feedback prior to the scheduled call for tenders, while the contract itself has undergone considerable reorganization.

Industry Update
Mexico | December 10 2002

The Energy Regulatory Commission recently announced that none of the potential bidders for the Veracruz natural gas concession has submitted a proposal, due to concerns that the purchase price for the infrastructure is too high. Meanwhile, preliminary bidding guidelines have been released for construction and operation of a liquified natural gas terminal in the Altamira region.

Industry Update
Mexico | November 11 2002

The energy authority recently invited bids for a public works contract for the construction of two turbogeneration units, estimated to be worth over $1 billion. In other news, wide reforms of the power industry have been proposed, aimed at opening up the power generation market by allowing industrial end users to choose between different electricity supply options.

Commission Takes Interim Measures as Amendments are Postponed
Mexico | August 27 2002

A set of amendments to the Natural Gas Regulations governing liquefied natural gas regasification terminals has been postponed indefinitely, due to the current political situation. As a result, the Energy Regulatory Commission will now address some of the issues that would have been covered in storage permits.

Local Distribution of Natural Gas
Mexico | May 20 2002

The Energy Regulatory Commission has modified the geographic zone of Bajío Norte after a petition from Gas Natural de México, the local distributor, so that the municipality of Lagos de Moreno is included.

Commission Announces Invitations to Bid
Mexico | May 20 2002

The Federal Electricity Commission recently published an invitation to bid for two gas-fired combined-cycle power projects listed in the Federal Register. Because both projects are located close to the US border, significant private sector interest is expected.

PRD Submits Yet Another Version of Electricity Reform
Mexico | May 13 2002

A group of senators from the Democratic Revolutionary Party recently submitted an electricity reform proposal to Congress. This replaces a previous proposal, submitted in February 2002.

Term Sheet of Multiple Services Contracts Released
Mexico | May 13 2002

Pemex recently released the first term sheet for the long-awaited multiple services contracts. Under a multiple services contract a contractor will be hired to perform a wide variety of services under a single contract.

Legislative Update
Mexico | March 11 2002

Recent legislation affecting the Mexican energy sector includes the Energy Sector Plan 2001-2006 and proposed amendments to the Natural Gas Regulations. This update discusses the impact that these changes will have on the sector.

Contract Termination Suggests the Opening of New Markets
Mexico | March 11 2002

The recent termination of three contracts by Pemex is a positive sign of its intentions to open up the lubricants market to Mexican and foreign companies, which could represent a market opportunity of over 5,000 service stations in Mexico.

Opening Up the Energy Markets
Mexico | March 11 2002

This update discusses a series of measures that should open up and develop the markets for oil, gas and electricity in Mexico.

Making the Market Transparent
Mexico | September 24 2001

A number of recent pieces of legislation are aimed at opening up the energy market in Mexico and making it more transparent for investors. This update examines the changes and their effects.

Projects & Procurement

Bills lay plans for national PPP legislation
Mexico | March 09 2010

Public-private partnership (PPP) statutes enacted by individual states have provided a legal basis for a variety of projects, but Mexico lacks an efficient PPP framework at national level. Two bills before Parliament's upper and lower houses promise a new framework for PPP projects. Among other things, the proposal before the Senate would give government agencies greater latitude in setting the terms of a contract.

White Collar Crime

Anti-corruption law turns spotlight on contractors and concession holders
Mexico | June 06 2011

A new anti-corruption law is intended to penalise individuals and companies, from Mexico or abroad, that engage in unethical behaviour in the context of government contracts in Mexico. As well as private contractors that do business with the government itself, the law will affect dealings with the government-owned oil and power companies and the agencies that award infrastructure concessions.

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