Pemex to explore Mexico's pre-salt

October 18, 2017

The National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) has approved Pemex’s exploration plans to probe Mexico’s first-ever pre-salt well in the Bay of Campeche.

The probe, called YAXXTAAB-1 is in the AE0013-M-Pilar de Akal Kayab-04 area (pictured, right), 95km northwest of Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state, in in Cinturón Akal province, in the Southeast basins.

CNH said the probe presents “a great technological challenge.” The well will be in shallow waters of 50m depth, and be drilled to 7800m below sea level, traversing a big layer of salt, CNH said.

CNH released a video in Spanish detailing the benefits of exploring the pre-salt, where other countries such as Brazil and Angola, in West Africa, have experienced success.



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