Jim Bentein

  • Mexican Shale Gas Leases Attracting Interest Of Canadian Company

    At least one Canadian-based oil and gas company will likely be in the running when Mexico puts some of its shale oil and gas fields up for auction this fall, while others will be closely watching the process, as the country moves ahead with the next stage in its efforts to end the monopoly of state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

    March 24, 2016, 7:04 AM MDT

  • Sponsored Content: Eco-Friendly Solutions To Eliminate Dust And Stabilize Soils At Development Sites

    Anyone who has driven on a rural road or worked in remote areas where oil, mining, forestry or other development is occurring knows dealing with dust and unstable soils can be annoying — and it can also be a never-ending and costly task.

    March 21, 2016, 6 AM MDT

  • Sponsored Content: Centrallia Event Provides Opportunity To Tap New Markets

    Rock Nelson is a fifth generation South Dakotan — and South Dakota is a few thousand kilometres from Winnipeg, Manitoba and in a different country — but he is an admirer of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives that province, which he thinks is embodied by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg.

    March 15, 2016, 6 AM MDT

  • Sponsored Content: Proven Global Business-To-Business ‘Speed Dating’ Coming To Winnipeg

    Winnipeg has long been viewed as the geographical, logistics and business centre of Canada, but this May 25-27 it will be reaching out to the rest of the world, as it hosts a business-to-business forum that will allow participants to travel the globe for opportunities, from the comfort of the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

    March 2, 2016, 8:34 AM MST

  • Pemex ‘Technically Bankrupt’ Which Will Complicate Energy Reform

    A Mexico City-based commentator who was a former Mexican federal government bureaucrat and senior energy analyst, and writes regularly about the energy reform process now unfolding in that country, says state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is “technically bankrupt,” which will greatly complicate the energy reform process.

    February 24, 2016, 6 AM MST

  • Mexico Private Sector Reform Entering Crucial State, As Deepwater Auction Looms

    Mexico’s move to open up its oil and gas production to private sector operators is entering a crucial stage, with the impending auction of 10 blocks in the deep Gulf of Mexico, which analysts covering the country’s energy reform say could lead to billions of bbls of new discoveries.

    January 25, 2016, 8:02 AM MST

  • Renaissance Expects To Develop ‘Multiple Additional’ Oil And Gas Blocks In Mexico

    A spokesperson for the only Canadian-based company to win the bidding for land-based oil and gas blocks auctioned recently in Mexico says it expects to develop “multiple” additional oil and gas blocks, as the country’s former monopoly energy company seeks farm-out partners for numerous land-based and offshore fields.

    January 11, 2016, 8:48 AM MST

  • Vancouver-Based Renaissance Big Winner In Mexico Bidding

    Vancouver-based Renaissance Oil Corp. was a big winner in bidding for oil and gas blocks held yesterday in Mexico City, as the National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) conducted the first sale of producing land-based assets.

    December 16, 2015, 10:43 AM MST

  • Mexican Onshore Blocks Being Auctioned Could Generate Millions In Future Royalties, Corporate Taxes

    One of Mexico’s largest financial institutions has concluded that today’s sale of 25 land-based blocks, being auctioned off as part of Mexico’s energy industry reform, could generate US$340-$500 million a year in annual royalties for the federal government, with potentially millions of dollars more in corporate taxes and other financial benefits.

    December 15, 2015, 10:28 AM MST

  • Mexican Refinery Upgrades Could Raise Demand For Heavy Oil

    Canadian bitumen and heavy oil producers should be “cheering” after an announcement was made yesterday by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto regarding plans for a US$23 billion upgrade to the nation’s six refineries, says an energy analyst.

    December 9, 2015, 8:51 AM MST

  • Canadian E&Ps Likely To Play Large Role In Mexican Reform Process Due To Track Record In Challenging Reservoirs

    Canadian E&P companies will likely play a large role in Mexico’s unfolding energy reform process, says a Mexico City-based expert on the country’s energy and power sectors, because they have shown they can be successful in producing from challenging reservoirs and tend to be efficient and well managed.

    December 4, 2015, 9:18 AM MST

  • Mexican Onshore Auction Terms Better Than Expected, Say Canadian-Based Companies Planning To Bid

    The royalties and other terms set for a Dec. 15 auction of oil and gas leases by the Mexican body that’s overseeing the sale of former monopoly-controlled leases are much more attractive than Canadian-based companies planning to bid expected they would be, say executives with two of those companies.

    December 2, 2015, 9:08 AM MST

  • Room For Investment In Mexico Petrochemical Sector

    “Underinvestment” by Mexico’s former monopoly integrated energy company has left large gaps in the country’s petrochemical sector, which could lead to billions of dollars in new investment in domestic plants to produce ethylene, propylene, benzene and other base chemicals, as well as fertilizer plants, says an expert on the global petrochemical industry.

    December 2, 2015, 8:17 AM MST

  • Benefits Seen In LPG Market From Mexican Energy Reforms

    Mexicans are already benefitting from the federal government’s move to unwind the monopolies of state-owned integrated oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos and power entity Comision Federal de Electricidad, according to the organization representing propane distributors in the country.

    November 26, 2015, 8:38 AM MST

  • Canadian-Based Companies Could Bid On Mexican Onshore Blocks

    Sixty oil and gas companies, including six Canadian-based juniors and intermediates, have advanced to a phase which could lead to them bidding for rights to develop land-based oil and gas reserves in Mexico, which the president of one of the firms says could eventually unlock millions of bbls of oil and gas resources.

    November 20, 2015, 9:35 AM MST

  • Pemex Unlikely To Play Role In Mexico Energy Reform That The Government Had Hoped

    One of the foremost experts on Mexico’s oil and gas sector says Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the country’s former monopoly oil and gas company, is like a body suffering from “cancer” and is unlikely to play the role in the country’s energy industry reform the government had hoped, paving the way for new entrants to dominate key areas of the industry.

    November 17, 2015, 8:52 AM MST

  • Rules For Final Stage Of Round One Bidding In Mexico To Be Announced Later Next Month

    Rules for the fourth and final stage of Round One of Mexico’s historic oil and gas reform, which opens up areas long monopolized by its state-owned oil and gas company, will be announced in the second half of November, according to the country’s energy secretary.

    October 30, 2015, 8:10 AM MDT

  • Sturgeon Refinery May Be Model For More Such Developments: MacGregor

    The head of the company building one of Alberta’s few remaining mega projects — the $8.5 billion first phase of a heavy oil upgrader and refinery being built near Edmonton — says he’s optimistic all three phases of the project will proceed and also believes there may be economic justification for other new similar refineries in the province.

    October 29, 2015, 8:33 AM MDT

  • Canada Connects: British Columbia – Profile Of MHK Insurance

    Alberta Enterprise Group, in conjunction with local partners, will host a delegation of business leaders in Vancouver from Nov. 5-7. 

    October 14, 2015, 8:33 AM MDT

  • Canada Connects: British Columbia – Profile Of GMS Aggregates

    Alberta Enterprise Group, in conjunction with local partners, will host a delegation of business leaders in Vancouver from Nov. 5-7. Canada Connects: British Columbia will immerse business leaders from across North America and beyond in a high-impact learning experience about the opportunities and challenges in British Columbia. 

    October 13, 2015, 8:06 AM MDT

  • Canada Connects: British Columbia – Profile Of Prism Flow

    Alberta Enterprise Group , in conjunction with local partners, will host a delegation of business leaders in Vancouver from Nov. 5-7. 

    October 9, 2015, 9:31 AM MDT

  • AER Role In Mexico Reform Could Pay Off For Canadian Producers, Service Companies

    Alberta’s oil and gas regulator is playing an important role in helping regulatory bodies in Mexico adjust to an oil and gas industry that will no longer be dominated by state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), which should help make it easier for Canadian-based energy producers, service companies, midstream firms and others to operate there, says the head of the regulator.

    September 25, 2015, 9:04 AM MDT

  • Atco Executive Says Mexico ‘Serious’ About Reforms To Oil & Gas, Electricity Sectors

    The senior executive overseeing Calgary-based Atco Group’s new Mexican division says he believes the country is “very very serious” about the reform of its oil and gas and power sectors and his company will have a growing role in the country’s economy.

    September 24, 2015, 8:12 AM MDT

  • Next Phase Of Mexico Bidding Appears More Promising

    The Mexican government learned from the mistakes it made in the first phase of its move to open up the country’s oil and gas industry to private sector competition and dozens of companies will be taking part in the next two phases, say two Houston-based analysts.

    September 18, 2015, 7:18 AM MDT

  • ‘Bleak’ Future For Pemex

    A critic of Mexico’s energy industry, who says he had seen it as “inevitable” that Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) would face an impending credit downgrade — and that was before oil prices dropped by half — says the future for the company is bleak.

    September 4, 2015, 10:20 AM MDT

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