MEXICO CITY—DORIS Group, a French engineering company, has been awarded the FEED for the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex)-operated Zama development offshore Mexico.

A final investment decision is forthcoming and first oil production could flow in 2027, Welligence Energy Analytics Vice President -Head of Latin America Research Andres Armijos told Hart Energy.

Partners in Zama include Houston-based Talos Energy, Harbour Energy, Wintershall DEA and Grupo Carso.

Zama is located in the shallow waters of Mexico’s Salinas-Sureste Basin. The project will develop one of the largest offshore discoveries of the last decade, and the flagship find of Mexico's 2013 Energy Reform, according to Welligence. Under the preliminary plan approved by Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission, Zama will be developed via two fixed platforms.

Zama is expected to produce up to 180,000 boe/d at peak, which would represent around 10% of the current overall oil production in Mexico, according to Pemex and Wintershall Dea.

Projects such as Zama are expected to aid the long-term production decline that confronts Mexico, Armijos said.