New oil and gas auctions are stalled in Mexico, but that hasn’t stopped private sector companies from continuing to find success with their exploration and production (E&P) projects.

The Ichalkil and Pokoch shallow water fields in Campeche Bay operated by Fieldwood Energy E&P México have officially begun commercial operations, the company said Monday. The fields are producing light oil and natural gas, CEO Andrés Brügmann said, adding supply is in high demand for Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) refineries and domestic consumption.

“The upgrading of existing infrastructure was needed for the start of oil production and demonstrates the collaboration between Pemex and private sector energy firms in the benefit of Mexico,” Fieldwood stated.

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