2001 Industry Pioneers

Alfonso Barnetche Gonzalez

Alfonso 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.