Energy & Maritime

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The Mexican energy market has undergone a major transformation in the context of the energy reform, which has been approved by Congress and signed by President Enrique Peña Nieto in December 2013. This reform ended the monopoly of the vertically integrated state-owned companies, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), and fully opened the production market to private companies.

Are you active in the Energy or Maritime sector? On this page you will find more information about these sectors in Mexico. The sectors are divided into the following topics:

  • Oil & gas
  • Renewable energy
  • Maritime

Oil & Gas

Mexico is the 11th largest oil producer in the world and has recently joined the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA acts as a policy advisor to its members, but also cooperates with non-member countries. The organization has three points of attention: energy security, economic development and environmental protection. The last point is aimed at reducing climate change.

Mexico has many promising energy sources. The country offers international oil and gas companies unique opportunities to gain a foothold in a region with large hydrocarbon reserves and increasing upstream activity. The opening of the production market has led to 111 contracts distributed among 75 new oil and gas companies, which are expected to invest $ 161 billion dollars in exploration and production of oil and gas fields in Mexico. In addition, the current Mexican government has presented a plan to increase oil production to 2,624 million barrels per day by 2024, while gas production will increase by 50 percent. This creates opportunities for oil and gas producing companies and suppliers. For example, Italian operator Eni started production in July 2019, making it the first international oil-producing company in Mexico.

Oil & Gas

Opportunities in Oil & Gas

The expected growth in oil and gas production entails many new requirements and therefore also opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs. An overview:

  • Need for more storage and better transport
  • Making current infrastructure more efficient and sustainable
  • Development of water management, water purification systems, logistics, energy storage and transport in ports
  • In time, demand for knowledge and specialised equipment for the development of offshore oil and gas fields in deep water
  • Knowledge transfer with regard to extraction and sale of natural gas, especially with regard to tax systems, laws and regulations
Opportunities in Oil & Gas

Events or webinars in Energy & Maritime

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Renewable energy

Legislation on energy reform again reiterated Mexico’s ambitious target of generating 35% of its energy from clean sources by 2024, and imposed intermediate targets to achieve that goal. By 2030, Mexico could generate up to 46% of its annual electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Mexico has also set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2000. Mexico’s increasing interest in sustainability is creating opportunities for the Netherlands.

Renewable energy

Opportunities in Sustainable Energy

The Netherlands has an international reputation in the field of research into renewable energy. It is a leader in solar energy systems, wind turbine technology and green gas. In addition, the Netherlands has a great deal of expertise in the use of geothermal energy for greenhouses and in small-scale hydropower. For Dutch companies, there are opportunities in various niche sectors in Mexico:

  • Decentralized energy generation
  • Innovations in solar energy
  • Wind energy service sector
  • Energy storage through water management
  • Electric public transport and electric charging solutions
Opportunities in Sustainable Energy

Market reports sustainable energy

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Mexico has 117 functional ports and terminals along its 11,500-kilometer coastline. 67% of the freight transported is concentrated in 16 commercial ports, mainly managed by the Ministry of Communications and Transport. The current government has pledged to invest $ 5 billion in its ports to increase capacity and throughput and better serve the country’s auto and energy industries.

Ports in the Gulf of Mexico in particular are expected to achieve strong export growth. The Mexican government’s goal is to improve connectivity and logistics across the country, for example by building infrastructure to connect the Gulf ports to the Pacific. The largest project in 2018 was the expansion of the Port of Veracruz with an investment of US $ 1.4 billion with four new terminals. The most important ports are shown in the image opposite.


Opportunities in Maritime

The ports of Coatzacoalcos and Salina Cruz and the Isthmus of Tehunatepec (an interoceanic corridor between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific) are interesting locations for Dutch organisations.

The maritime sector serves the energy sector in Mexico. This causes some opportunities to overlap. There is a need for:

  • Improving port logistics and energy transport and storage
  • More sustainable port processes
  • Better water management in the ports, and better (ballast) water purification installations for both the ports and the nearby petrochemical industrial areas.
Opportunities in Maritime

Maritime market report

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Interesting articles

At we have all kinds of relevant articles about doing business in Mexico. Below you will find a selection of interviews, podcasts or videos from this sector that you may find interesting.

Cesar Vera & Ronald Hania - Mexico-City

Mexican company Naviera Integral and Dutch EMAR Offshore Services have recently signed an agreement to provide maritime services to the Mexican oil and gas industry.

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Federico Castillo Martinez - Mexico-City

Federico Castillo Martinez, Investor Relations Director at Heineken, spoke about the cultural differences between the Netherlands and Mexico during the Mexico Business Update. Curious?

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Guido van der Zwet - Mexico-City

Guido van der Zwet, General Manager Commerce of iPS, discussed in a webinar the consequences of the low oil price for the Mexican economy. Curious about the results?

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Fernando Flores - Mexico-City

Fernando Flores is CEO of GreenID, a company engineer specialised in renewable energy technology. The Holland House Mexico interviewed him and here you can read his story!

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The NL Business Hub in Mexico

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