Mexico’s energy reform, oil and gas auction in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute April 28

MEDIA ADVISORY

David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Mexico’s energy reform, oil and gas auction in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute April 28

HOUSTON – (April 21, 2015) – As Mexico prepares to tender some of its more lucrative conventional oil and gas blocks in successive auction rounds this summer, experts on energy and Mexico will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 28 to discuss the bidding process and the country’s broader energy reform efforts.

Co-hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies and the law firm Haynes and Boone, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Mexico, energy and legal experts from the Baker Institute and Haynes and Boone. For a list of panelists, see http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1710.

What: A series of panel discussions on “Mexico’s Energy Reform: Let the Bidding Begin.”

When: 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

According to event organizers, major international exploration and production firms have taken a keen interest in Mexico’s energy resources, but some key policy questions remain for investors and the Mexican government. The event seeks to engage energy industry executives and other stakeholders from the private sector, government decision-makers and the general public on the details of the bidding process, the pace of Mexico’s reform efforts in terms of geopolitical and price volatility and the role of the rule of law in the reform’s implementation, organizers said.

The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/register/1710/?submit=RSVP.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.

Members of the news media who want to attend must RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.