(Adds Cantarell oil production, oil product imports)
MEXICO CITY Oct 20 Mexican oil exports fell in
September to 1.060 million barrels per day because of lower
demand from U.S. refineries affected by Hurricane Ike, state
energy monopoly Pemex said on Monday.
September production was 2.722 million bpd, down from 2.759
million bpd in August, Pemex said.
Mexico's giant Cantarell oil field produced an average of
940,017 bpd, down from 951,230 bpd in August. Cantarell once
produced over 2 million bpd and produced nearly two-thirds of
Natural gas imports in September were 311.4 million cfd
versus 414.1 million cfd in August.
Pemex temporarily cut crude production by 250,000 barrels
per day last month as Hurricane Ike damaged refineries in the
United States, the destination of most of Mexico's oil
Mexico exported 1.416 million barrels per day on average in
Mexico, the world's 10th largest crude exporter, faces
declining production and reserves while domestic demand for
gasoline grows. The country imported 306,000 bpd of gasoline
and 102,000 bpd of diesel fuel in September.
The sharp fall in oil production has prompted President
Felipe Calderon to propose reforms to energy legislation to
allow private companies to help Pemex boost exploration efforts
as well as increase domestic refining capacity.
The reforms have met resistance from leftists in Congress
although a watered down package, backed by centrists, is
expected to win approval this week.
Pemex said in a statement on Monday its production from
January through September was down 9.7 percent over the same
period last year to 2.822 million barrels per day.
Ike caused Mexico to reduce production by a total of 1.943
million barrels during September, Pemex said.
(Reporting by Noel Randewich; editing by Jim Marshall)