Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's national oil company, released 2Q 2014 financial results last Friday.
Total sales increased by $15.9 billion pesos (US$1.2 billion), which represented 4% growth year-over-year. The growth is primarily attributed to a 27.5% jump in natural gas sales, and part of the revenue increase can be attributed to the 14.1% increase in natural gas prices.
Gustavo Hernández García, Pemex Exploration and Production's chief, said he expects the company's crude output this year to average 2.441MMbo/d, down 3% from the previous estimate of 2.52MMbo/d.
According to Mexican Energy Ministry data, this will be the lowest production in more than twenty years. Mexico's peak production was 3.38 MMbo/d in 2004, and dropped to 2.52MMbo/d in 2013.
Mexico is the world's 10th-largest crude producer and the third-largest oil exporter to the United States, behind Canada and Saudi Arabia, according to the US EIA. In the past decade, US crude oil imports from Mexico have fallen 47%, primarily as a result of declining crude oil production in Mexico.
Pemex also reported an $8.7 billion peso ($670million) decline in the value of its Burgos basin natural gas assets in northern Mexico.
Overall exports increased by 4.2%, due to a 20% increase in fuel oil exports that the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) did not consume.
Photo at right of Gustavo Hernández García by Nina Rach.
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