Area 1: offshore hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico

The project includes a large area where we are carrying out ongoing exploration, development and production activities.

Production in the Gulf of Mexico

In 2018, we completed drilling in Area 1, in the Gulf of Mexico, 200 km west of Ciudad del Carmen and more than 30 m under water. We are focusing our activities on licences where we have a 100 per cent share, with development work ongoing at Amoca, Miztón and Tecoalli. In July 2019, we launched the early production phase at the field in Miztón. This is the first step in developing an area with a total of 2.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, of which 90 per cent is oil, across the three fields. The Miztón 2 well, where early production has started, has shown excellent prospects and will produce up to 25,000 barrels of oil a day in this phase. Full production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, when we will set up a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit and reach a ceiling of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The development plan for Area 1 involves building and installing three more platforms in the fields at Amoca and Tecoalli.

We report the rapid production ramp-up of the hub in 2020, from 4 kboe a day in 2019 to 14 kboe a day, up by 200%. The development activities concern the full field development program of the operated license Area 1 (Eni’s interest 100%), already in production. Development drilling activities are ongoing and during 2020 were completed producing wells which were linked to the Miztón production platform. A subsequent development phase of the project includes the production start-up of the Amoca discovery by means of the installation of a new leased production platform. During the year, the FEED phase for these two production platforms started up.

In January 2022  the MIAMTE Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel arrived in Mexico. The FPSO is part of the Area 1 development Project and will allow to achieve the final production configuration. The MIAMTE  will be connected to the Mooring System and the integrated commissioning activities will be commenced. The FPSO has an oil treatment capacity of 90 kbopd. Its construction involved 5 construction yards in 3 different countries including Mexico.

In February 2022 Miamte FPSO started hydrocarbon production at the Miztón field, within the Development Project in Area 1. The FPSO will allow to increase the country’s production with an economical benefit for Mexico. Following the first hydrocarbon introduction into the FPSO and two more platforms start-up in Amoca and Tecoalli fields, production will ramp up till the full field development will be completed by 2024. The FPSO has an oil treatment capacity of 90 kbopd and gas treatment capacity of 75MMscfd.


Eni offloads and exports first oil cargo from MIAMTE MV34 FPSO

Safety first

We regard safety at work as a core value – one we share with employees, contractors and local communities. That is why we do everything we can to avoid accidents, using organisational models to assess and manage risks, implementing training plans, developing expertise and promoting a culture of safety.



Production tests and studies of reservoirs carried out in December 2017 in the Amoca and Miztón fields in Area 1 enabled us to increase our total estimated amount of hydrocarbons. For this project, exploring the subsoil was crucial to improving our results – and today we can do it more efficiently.



What is produced on the Miztón platform is pumped through a multi-phase line to an on-shore receiving facility (ORF) built by us in Sánchez Magallanes, in the state of Tabasco. After separation, it is sent to the Pemex plant in San Ramón for further treatment. The development plan for Amoca, Mitzón and Tecoalli will involve installing a platform linked to an existing ORF. The full-field development phase involves installing three more platforms and an FPSO to increase production capacity.


Environment and community

In May 2019, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Tabasco to identify and develop sustainability projects in education, health care and socio-economic development, to contribute to the Mexican government's own plans and improve conditions for the poorest communities in Tabasco.