Mexico Energy Reform

Mexico Energy Reform Resource Center and Americas Colloquium

Haynes and Boone developed this resource center to help companies better understand and capitalize on the abundant business opportunities resulting from Mexico’s Energy Reform. Keep track of important announcements, key developments and news related to the progress of bid rounds and other initiatives linked to the reforms in Mexico.

Sectors included in Mexico's Energy Reform:

  • Upstream - Mexico’s new Hydrocarbons Law was one of the new statutes passed under the reform, and it regulates various aspects of the oil and gas sector, including upstream activities. New exploration and production agreements will be allocated through a competitive bidding process, which is conducted by the CNH, regulated by the Ministry of Energy, and based upon parameters set by a different statute, the new Hydrocarbon Revenue Law.
  • Midstream - The Mexico Energy Reform includes constitutional amendments that make clear that only exploration and production activities are exclusive to the state, which allows private companies to participate in the transportation, storage and distribution of oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products.
  • Downstream - Before Mexico’s Energy Reform was implemented, the Constitution required that Pemex be the exclusive provider of materials for secondary petrochemical processing. The new constitutional amendments eliminate the state’s exclusivity on basic petrochemical processing as an economic activity, and allows private parties to participate in refining, petrochemical and natural gas processing.
  • Electric Power - The Mexico Energy Reform will allow for private participation in the generation and sale of electricity, since planning and control of the national grid and the transmission and distribution of electricity are strategic issues in the country.

Mexico Energy Reform News

Below are links to recent energy industry articles:

Key Agencies and Organizations

Upstream Rounds

Rounds 1 and 2

Bidding Process with key dates and deadlines from the National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos or “CNH”)

View bidding process website


Round 2.1, first call – shallow water

Round 2.2, second call – shallow water

Round 2.3, third call – onshore

New Amendments

Rounds 1 and 2

Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission has published amendments to the bidding guidelines:

Shallow waters – bidding guidelines in Spanish

Onshore – bidding guidelines in Spanish

Deepwater – bidding guidelines in Spanish

Americas Colloquium Events

Americas Collocquium

Materials Download

  • September 2016: Mexico’s Energy Reform – Opportunities In All Directions at Rice University’s Baker Institute (includes presentations by The Honorable Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary of Energy of Mexico, Haynes and Boone lawyers, and others about opportunities in electric power, natural gas / midstream, and upstream oil and gas.)
  • April 2015: Mexico’s Energy Reform – Let the Bidding Begin at Rice University’s Baker Institute (includes presentations by Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina, the President Commissioner of the CNH, Haynes and Boone lawyers and others regarding the details of the bidding process, the pace of reform efforts in terms of geopolitical and price volatility, and the role of the rule of law in the reform’s implementation.)  
  • October 2013: Mexico’s Energy Reform – Powering the Future at Rice University’s Baker Institute (includes presentations by Froylan Gracia Galicia, Executive Chief of Staff to the Director General, Pemex, Haynes and Boone lawyers and others regarding the future of energy reforms in Mexico, challenges and opportunities for shale gas, and deep water oil prospects in the Gulf of Mexico.)

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