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Guzman’s Success Indicates Potential

Alfredo Guzmán
Alfredo Guzmán

As a member of Mexico’s newly formed Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Alfredo Guzmán knows first-hand how high-level policies can affect exploration and production success.

As a member of the new commission, Guzmán will be sitting on a panel of five scientists that will be overseeing exploration and production decisions – and advising contracts – for PEMEX.

Guzmán is living in Mexico City and working long hours during the week, then making the two-hour drive home to Veracruz for weekends.

The tasks ahead are formidable.

As exploration vice president of PEMEX from 1999-01 and North Region vice president in 2002-07, Guzmán knows the potential of the country’s undiscovered resources.

He also has experienced the frustration of policies that blocked progress – and has an established track record in exploration and production success when progressive policies are applied.

In 1992, when he was PEMEX’s sedimentology studies superintendent in Northeast Mexico, gas production from the Burgos Basin was about 200 mmcfd. Guzmán talked with upper management about how production could be improved through new processes and technology – and allowing explorationists to choose drill sites rather than others that would opt for “safe” and “economic” choices.

Burgos Basin Gas 
Production History
Burgos Basin Gas Production History

n 1994 Guzmán was named the Burgos Basin Integral Project team leader. Production began to climb dramatically as the ideas he brought to the table began to take hold (see accompanying graph), and in 1997 he was named exploration manager for the PEMEX northern region.

With that success, Guzmán was named PEMEX exploration vice president for all of Mexico in 1999. In 2002 as regional vice president Guzmán took the Veracruz Basin, which was producing less than 200 mmcfd – but given some latitude and again applying new technologies and adapting new business models when allowed, the production began to climb.

Veracruz Basin 
Gas Production History
Veracruz Basin Gas Production History

When Guzmán retired in 2007, the Burgos Basin was producing at about 1,550 mmcfd and the Veracruz at about 1,000 mmcfd – a more than five-fold increase in production.

– LARRY NATION

Guzman’s Success Indicates Potential

Alfredo Guzmán
Alfredo Guzmán

As a member of Mexico’s newly formed Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Alfredo Guzmán knows first-hand how high-level policies can affect exploration and production success.

As a member of the new commission, Guzmán will be sitting on a panel of five scientists that will be overseeing exploration and production decisions – and advising contracts – for PEMEX.

Guzmán is living in Mexico City and working long hours during the week, then making the two-hour drive home to Veracruz for weekends.

The tasks ahead are formidable.

As exploration vice president of PEMEX from 1999-01 and North Region vice president in 2002-07, Guzmán knows the potential of the country’s undiscovered resources.

He also has experienced the frustration of policies that blocked progress – and has an established track record in exploration and production success when progressive policies are applied.

In 1992, when he was PEMEX’s sedimentology studies superintendent in Northeast Mexico, gas production from the Burgos Basin was about 200 mmcfd. Guzmán talked with upper management about how production could be improved through new processes and technology – and allowing explorationists to choose drill sites rather than others that would opt for “safe” and “economic” choices.

Burgos Basin Gas 
Production History
Burgos Basin Gas Production History

n 1994 Guzmán was named the Burgos Basin Integral Project team leader. Production began to climb dramatically as the ideas he brought to the table began to take hold (see accompanying graph), and in 1997 he was named exploration manager for the PEMEX northern region.

With that success, Guzmán was named PEMEX exploration vice president for all of Mexico in 1999. In 2002 as regional vice president Guzmán took the Veracruz Basin, which was producing less than 200 mmcfd – but given some latitude and again applying new technologies and adapting new business models when allowed, the production began to climb.

Veracruz Basin 
Gas Production History
Veracruz Basin Gas Production History

When Guzmán retired in 2007, the Burgos Basin was producing at about 1,550 mmcfd and the Veracruz at about 1,000 mmcfd – a more than five-fold increase in production.

– LARRY NATION

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