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Mexico: Round Three – Second Public Bid 

by Nicolas Borda

Published: January, 2018

Submission: February, 2018


The National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) published the call for the second bid of Round 3 on January 25, 2018. This new bid round (Round 3.2) covers 37 onshore conventional blocks for exploration and production, including 21 blocks in the Burgos Region in Tamaulipas, nine blocks in the Tampico-Misantla-Veracruz Region in Veracruz, and seven blocks the Southeastern Region in Tabasco and Campeche, covering collectively 9,513 km2, with prospective resources of approximately 260 million barrels of crude equivalent. The blocks to be awarded by the CNH include wet gas, dry gas and light oil.

The deadline to access the data room is May 9, 2018. Prequalified companies will be announced on July 3, 2018 and the final versions of the documents will be published on June 26, 2018. The presentation and opening of proposals is scheduled for July 25, 2018. However, these dates may be modified.

3. Bid Information:

a. Type of Exploration and Production Contract: License Contract.
b. Term of the Contract: 30 years from the date of execution of the contract. The term of the contract may be extended for two additional terms of five years each, for a maximum total of 40 years.
c. Local Content: 26 percent during the exploration period, 27 percent during the development period until it reaches 34 percent in 2025. d. Performance Guaranty: A letter of credit to guarantee work units committed by the contractor during the exploration period.
e. Corporate Guaranty: Granted by the contractor’s ultimate parent or a duly-capitalized affiliate to guaranty the due performance of the contract.
f. Bid Bond: For each block, participants must guarantee their bids by providing standby letters of credit for a total amount of US$250,000.00 per bid for a term of 150 days from the date of submission of the bids.
g. Requirements of the Bidder to Access the Data Room: The interested party must obtain a license for the use of data from the National Hydrocarbons Information Center, and pay a fee of at least MX$1,000,000.00 for data room access.
h. Form of Participation: Companies may participate in the bidding round as individual bidders (“Individual Bidder”) or as joint bidders (“Consortium”; jointly, a “Bidder”). Each Bidder, whether as an Individual Bidder or a Consortium, must create a Mexican entity to sign the License Contract. The members of a Consortium may either jointly create a single Mexican entity to sign the License Contract, or may individually create their own Mexican entities to sign the License Contract. Two or more companies may submit a joint bid, acting as a Consortium, pursuant to the following:
• Any of the companies in the Consortium may pay the fee to access the Data Room and be registered in the Bid.
• Only joint bids from a Consortium that obtains a prequalification certificate will be accepted. Any new company that desires to join an existing Consortium will not be accepted, unless it previously prequalified as a non-operator or operator, the Consortium files its application for the addition on a timely basis, and obtains prior consent from CNH.
• There are certain restrictions on bidding; for example, an Individual Bidder which is also a member of a Consortium, or two Consortiums having a member in common, may not bid on the same Contract Area.
• All members of a Consortium must execute, among themselves, a Consortium Agreement in accordance with Form CNH-2, which is included in the Bidding Guidelines.

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