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January 9, 2014

New Airport Projects in Mexico

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October 24, 2013

Mexico’s 6 year Energy Plan: Opportunities in Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Renewables

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The Demand for Information and Telecommunication Technologies in Mexico

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September 5, 2013

Mexico’s Water and Environmental Opportunities 2013-2018

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Mexico's Infrastructure Opportunities 2013-2018

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Mexico’s Infrastructure Master Plan

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Recognizing the importance of infrastructure development to Mexico’s economic development and competitiveness, President Enrique Peña Nieto launched last Monday, July 15, 2013 the Investment Program for Transports and Communications 2013-2018. The program covers highways and roads infrastructure, transport and telecommunication projects on the aim to convert Mexico into a logistics and transport pole. The major investment is projected to come from the Public Private Partnerships and foster a minimum investment of $1.3Billion Mexican Pesos equivalent to $100 Billion Dollars.

The Investment Program for Transports and Communications dramatically increase infrastructure investment and includes:  60 road projects (15 toll-roads, 29 freeways and 16 rural roads), 3 passenger railroads, 7 ports, 7 airports and improve the telecommunications systems launching two more satellites. 

Up-to-date we don’t have a complete and detailed Mexico’s National Infrastructure Program, the complete document will cover all the infrastructure areas: highways and roads, railroads, ports, airports, telecomm, oil & gas, water and energy.  The energetic reform has not been approved and once is done it’s considered that will impel the foreign investment in Mexico as it already happened with the telecommunications reform that was approved last June, 2013 and included more business opportunities for foreign firms.

The projects will be funded in different financial schemes including the Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo –FONADIN (National Development Fund), Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Publicos (National Works and Public Services Bank) – BANOBRAS, the Public Private Partnerships and other direct sources.

So far, in terms of volume and value, highways have been the most successful aspect of recent infrastructure development.  Ports, airports, public transportation, water, and rural access are some of the areas where the former government had focused its development efforts while interest in the rail sector, largely neglected in recent years, is expected to increase in the coming years.  Mexico’s goal for 2030 is to be ranked at the top 20 percent of the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure Competitiveness Index.

The last six-year plan identified 300 projects, while the 2012-2018 program is expected to target almost 500 infrastructure projects.  Areas of importance included:

  • highways, roads and bridges;
  • railroads, ports, airports, urban and inner urban transport
  • water, irrigation, drainage and sanitation; and
  • projects designed to preserve the environment and biodiversity

The last NIP can be found at http://www.infraestructura.gob.mx/pdf/NationalInfrastructureProgram2007-2012.pdf.  The official Mexican government website for public tender announcements from all government agencies is http://www.compranet.gob.mx.  We encourage all U.S. companies to become familiarized with the website, which advertises business opportunities on a wide variety of sectors, in Spanish.

Mexico’s top infrastructure sectors are:

  • Energy – Electrical Power Generation and Transmission; Oil & Gas Production; Refinery, Gas & Petrochemicals;  Geothermal and Biomass
  • Telecommunications – Broadband internet, closing the digital gap
  • Transportation Infrastructure – Toll Roads, Port Infrastructure, Railways and Public Transportation
  • Aviation – Airports, Ground Support and Logistics
  • Environmental Technology – Water Supply and Sanitation; Water Resource Management and Pollution/Disposal Technologies

Energy - Electrical Power Generation and Transmission; Oil & Gas Production; Refinery, Gas & Petrochemicals; Geothermal and Biomass

Electrical Power System

The current infrastructure of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to generate electricity is composed of 214 generating stations with an installed capacity of 52 945 MW, including 25 independent power producer (IPP) stations (22 combined cycle and 3 wind power), and 32 stations in the central area. CFE will continue to make large investments in infrastructure to increase the capacity of the electricity system, to maintain and modernize the power plants, and to increase the supply of gas in order to reduce cost. An intelligent network is necessary to secure energy efficiency; however, the strategy and the projects related to Smart Grid are still being analyzed. CFE’s priorities for the years to come are energy efficiency and clean energy sources.

The most updated projects included in the long term investment program (Programa de Obras e Inversiones del Sector Eléctrico – POISE), can be found at www.sener.gob.mx/portal/Default.aspx?id=1453

The most updated CFE public tenders and contracts, can be found at


Oil and Gas Industry

At the end of 2011, Pemex was considered the 54th largest crude oil and the 11th largest natural gas producer in the world.  Pemex’s Exploration and Production subsidiary is the most important area within Pemex that issues tenders on oil and gas drilling projects in which small, mid-sized, and large Pemex contractors participate and demand drilling equipment and services. 

Pemex’s 2011 infrastructure included: 344 production fields; 6,382 exploration wells; 225 marine platforms; 12 gas processing centers; 9,500 km of gas pipelines; 3,645 km of pipelines for oil refined products; 6 refineries; 8 petrochemical centers with 38 petrochemical plants; 19 liquefied gas distribution terminals; 77 storage refined oil plants; 11 oil tankers; 1,347 gasoline distribution vehicles; and 525 railroad cars for refined oil products. 

Pemex’s major crude oil production and well drilling takes place in the Chicontepec, Cantarell, and Ku-Maloob Zaap regions (in 2011 a total of 900 new wells were drilled). In regards to natural gas, the five major regions are: Cantarell; Ku-Maloob-Zaap; Crudo Ligero Marino; Burgos, and Veracruz. All natural gas production and drilling is conducted on shore. Drilling is expected to continue during 2012-2018.

For tender opportunities visit the website:

1. http://www.pemex.com

2. http://cfe.gob.mx

Telecommunications - Broadband internet, closing the digital gap

Mexico sees information and telecommunications technologies as key to its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The previous NIP for the telecommunications sector promoted strategies to incentivize investment in the sector, improve competition and increase access to telecommunications technologies. Since 2007, a number of permits and concessions have been granted for basic and public phone services (mainly in national and international long distance), satellite communications, DTH television, and triple play services, among others. Permits and concessions for the radio-electric spectrum have included radio stations, television channels and digital terrestrial television and radio. Several social programs targeted rural, low income, and marginal communities, improving their access to internet, phone and telegraph services. The Mexican Satellite System has been expanded with Two L band satellites for mobile communications, a Ku band satellite for land line communications and two control centers that are being built through an agreement between the Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Boeing Satellite Systems International. President Peña’s administration has announced that efforts will concentrate on closing the wide digital gap among the county’s population; out of the 109 projects the Ministry of Communications and Transportation will contribute to the current NIP, 2 will focus on communications and enabling universal access to broadband.

For tender opportunities visit the website:

1. http://www.sct.gob.mx/comunicaciones

Transportation Infrastructure - Roads, Port Infrastructure, Railways and Public Transportation

Mexico’s NIP during former President Felipe Calderon’s administration increased the public and private investment in transportation infrastructure. Over 18,000 km of toll-ways, free-ways and rural roads were modernized, built and improved to bring the percentage of roads considered to be in line with international standards from 72% to 90%. There are several projects that still need to be developed in order to fill gaps for the transportation of merchandises, products, goods and passengers across the country. States like Jalisco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Michoacan, Queretaro, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Estado de Mexico are likely to be the ones receiving most of the investment during this administration.

During the last decade, Mexican ports have gone through a modernizing process that has allowed them to significantly increase cargo movement. Although most of these projects were severely affected by the economic crisis, the gradual economic recovery is allowing the continued development of some important transportation infrastructure projects.  The Federal Government has promoted port project development as part of an effort to improve logistics efficiency and respond to the demand generated by increased international trade. Some important port projects that will be developed in the next years include the expansion of the Port of Veracruz and new port facilities in the ports of Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Altamira, Dos Bocas and Tampico. 

The expansion of the railway system by almost 1,500 km; the development of suburban railway projects, in particular near Mexico City; and the expansions of Pacific and Gulf Coast ports will attract a substantial amount of private and public investment. According to the Mexican Association of Railroads the new administration will invest in rail way infrastructure to boost the use of this cargo system and promote the re-development of the passenger railway network to help relieve traffic congestion in major cities. New rail lines are planned throughout Mexico as well as the suburban train system in Mexico City and the Metropolitan Area (three new projects), a passenger train from Guadalajara, Jalisco to Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, and others to be determined.  Also, several multi-modal corridors will be added and the current border crossings between Mexico and the United States are to be upgraded.

In Mexico, public passenger transportation projects are led by the Federal Government when the route crosses several states or uses federal roads (inter-city routes).  Urban transportation organization is decided by each of the 31 states and the Federal District.  The current presidential administration has announced the intention to build several suburban trains to connect important cities like Guadalajara, Toluca and Queretaro.  Most states are in the process of modernizing transportation systems and replacing old units.  All these projects will offer good opportunities for suppliers of products and services for passenger transportation projects.

For tender opportunities please visit the website:

1. http://www.compranet.gob.mx

Aviation - Airports, Ground Support and Logistics

The Mexican Aviation sector was negatively affected in the last two years by Mexicana de Aviacion’s suspension of activities. This situation was positively used by low –cost carriers and by the lead Mexican airline Aeromexico. They captured passengers’ demand and opened new routes to close the gap left by Mexicana. In 2012, the sector has been steadier and there are expectations for having a better performance in the next year. In 2012 summer, touristic flows have supported the sector activity, including cargo operations by air. 

In terms of Airports projects, the new government has announced plans to conduct seven projects during the upcoming six years.  The specifics on these projects are expected to be released shortly; however, it is also possible that older projects will be added to the mix. Old plans such as a new Mexico City International Airport may be rescued, provided that some difficulties (social, environment, and political) are positively resolved.

Regarding ground support equipment, the private concessions are the groups ASUR, GAP, and OMA, together with the government agency Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA), visualize as part of their Master Plans equipment replacement, installation repairs, and even new systems planned with some years in advance. As they are maintaining in the best shape possible in their operations, a continued consume of certain equipment will continue in the short and medium terms.

For tender opportunities please visit the websites:

1. www.sct.gob.mx

2. www.presidencia.gob.mx

3. www.asa.gob.mx

4. www.oma.aero

5. www.asur.com.mx

6. www.aeropuertos.gap.com.mx

Environmental Technology - Water Supply and Sanitation; Water Resource Management and Pollution/Disposal Technologies

Mexico’s environmental industry offers opportunities for U.S. technology in essentially all subsectors.  Key subsectors in this market include: air, water, and soil pollution control; solid and toxic waste management; recycling; renewable energy; pollution prevention and resource recovery; site remediation; and environmental monitoring.

In SEMARNAT’s Environment and Natural Resources Sector Program 2007-2012, some of the key areas of development and opportunity were scientific research, restoration and reforestation, and emissions control. Through SEMARNAT, Mexico has also been developing policies to assure the sustainability and protection of biodiversity in renewable energy and tourism projects.

Efforts to control emissions from greenhouse gases (as linked to climate change) may also open up an opportunity for green technologies. In June 2012, former President Felipe Calderon signed the decree that enacted the first General Climate Change Law in Mexico. The general strategy for this law was presented in 2007 and it was complemented with a special climate change program in 2009. The government’s goal was to reduce the country’s output of carbon dioxide by 51 million tons by the end of 2012. The overall commitment is to reduce Mexico’s emissions by 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2050.

With regard to water resources, at the end of 2011, 89.2% of the total population (113 million) had access to running water in their homes and 76.2% had sewage systems.  Of the total availability of water, 77% is used by the agricultural sector, 9% by the industrial and services sector, and 14% is for the consumption of the population; of the total wastewater collected in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, only 36% received some type of treatment and only 10% was for reuse.

The National Water Commission (Comision Nacional del Agua-CONAGUA), part of the Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) is the federal agency responsible for the maintenance of the potable and municipal wastewater infrastructure in the country and is also responsible for the setting of environmental standards (Normas Oficiales Mexicanas-NOMs) related to the treatment, recycling and final disposition of municipal and industrial wastewater.  Changes are expected early 2013 with the creation of a Secretary for Water Resources that will bring greater opportunities to U.S. manufacturers of water equipment and services.  The opportunities will be in new municipal wastewater treatment plants; water recycling projects at the industrial level, and irrigation and pumping equipment for the agriculture sector.

For tender opportunities visit the website:

1. http://www.semarnat.gob.mx

2. http://www.semarnat.gob.mx/transparencia/comprasycontratos/Pages/proveedoresycontratistas.aspx

3. http://www.conagua.gob.mx

Webinar series 2013-2014

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Adrian Orta

Trade Specialist - Mexico City, Mexico

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Wanda Barquin

Commercial Officer

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Trade Americas Team Leader

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