MEXICO CITY – State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) recently discovered the largest deposit of crude oil and gas found onshore in Mexico since 2002, the Aztec nation’s President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Friday.
“The extraction of that petroleum can be done relatively quickly and, moreover, at very low cost, due to its location,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to Pemex employees in the central state of Hidalgo.
The new field was encountered while drilling the Ixachi-1 well and lies 72 kilometers (45 miles) south of the Gulf coast port city of Veracruz, near existing Pemex facilities in Cosmoloapan.
Preliminary studies show the new deposit, Ixachi-1, has an original volume of more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), which could represent 350 million barrels of proven, probable and possible reserves.
The volume is similar to findings reported by private companies a few months ago at the Zama-1 well, Pemex said in a statement.
“This is the most important discovery this company has made in onshore fields in the last 15 years,” Peña Nieto said, hailing the find as “good news.”
Pemex said that the new field could turn out to be twice as large as the original estimate.