We are involved in the chartering, operation, and maintenance of offshore drilling rigs and vessels. Training is the most important aspect. You need to be able to provide good training with quality programs to meet PEMEX's regulations and safety standards. We are very strict with safety and have different training courses for our crews. People are our company's best asset and by giving our people the best training, support, and resources we can reflect that to our customers. We have managed to certify the company in a way that reflects our responsibility to our employees, and these employees reflect it when they are out working in the fields. Finding skilled and disciplined people involved in the oil and gas industry in Mexico is getting harder every day. Thankfully, we have not had any problems by creating a special recruiting program. We do not have as much rotation as other companies would have, because we take good care of our people and we assure them a long-term relationship with the company. Of course, there are some people that seek new opportunities elsewhere, but then again you have people coming from other companies to ours. This shortage of qualified personnel is a problem because there is so much demand and so many assets coming to the market.
Vice-President Business Development, Grupo Goimar-Goimsa
Country Manager Mexico, GL Noble Denton
GL Noble Denton has defined major accounts worldwide on which we focus our attention and PEMEX is one of those. That demonstrates that Mexico and PEMEX is a key element of our global strategy. With PEMEX, we have the classic certification projects along with risk analysis, and we have private clients that we are working with, in particular in verification. We have also some focused areas such as deep-water exploration. We have been in Mexico for about 16 years. When PEMEX started to do the first certification projects we were there and we have accompanied it all of the way through. We created verification units for to support the Mexican authorities with the supervision of mostly gas related activities, such as gas transport, distribution, and LNG import terminals. The verification of operation and maintenance activities has to be done over the course of the year, so we have to confirm that the operator complies with all points of the applicable official Mexican norm. We want to grow the marine services sector of our company in Mexico, since we see a lot of activity in this area, as well as participate more in gas pipeline projects. Those are pushed by the current low gas prices in the US and the rising demand in Mexico. This is a major area for us. On the other hand the pipelines and other infrastructure keep getting older and require greater efforts with regard to asset integrity management.
Ernesto A. Marcos
General Manager, Oceaneering International Mexico
It has been said that the energy reform being discussed for the second half of 2013 would open the market for certain segments, such as deep water. If the deep-water segment was open to private investment either through concessions or partnerships with PEMEX that would definitely shorten the timeframes. I was hoping that this would happen earlier, but I think that now is the right time. With the change of government and the atmosphere of cooperation that has been shown by the federal government with regard to education and telecommunications reform, I think that things are moving in the right direction and that these are positive trends. It is still going to be a slow year for us. PEMEX is going to tender some more deep-water drill rigs, so of course we are looking forward to working with those drilling companies. Also, we are excited about the development of the Lakach field. Right now, we need to be contracted by larger companies as the scope of those projects is very large. The deep-water prospects in Mexico are very promising and energy reforms will certainly speed up the process.