Alfonso Barnetche Gonzalez
Barnetche Gonzalez is recognized for his leadership in the development of
Mexico's offshore oilfields. In 1935, he received Petroleum Engineering
degree #1 from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. In 1959 he
directed the drilling of the first offshore Mexico discovery in the Santa
Anna Field in the Gulf of Campeche in 13 meters of water. Eventually 70
wells were drilled in the field with 40 becoming producers. After leaving
PEMEX in 1964, Barnetche's company actively participated in developing the
Cantarell Field, which became the world's second largest offshore field.
Under his direction, more than 100 offshore platforms and 1000 miles of
subsea pipelines were designed and installed.