The Italian operator reported positive appraisal and exploration results from wells drilled some 10,000 km apart. Early production from Area 1 is the first output from an international operator in Mexico since energy reforms were implemented earlier this decade. The five discoveries combined hold an estimated 1.8 billion bbl of light oil in place. Conventional oil and gas discovered resources in 2019 are on pace to rise 30% from last year and reach their highest level since the beginning of the industry downturn. Here, a recap of the first quarter's 15 biggest oil and gas discoveries, which altogether are propelling the increase.