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Mexico's second deepwater bid round failed to disappoint as 19 of 29 blocks were awarded, including nine to Anglo-Dutch supermajor and Mexican offshore newcomer Shell. Eleven firms from 10 countries bidding individually and in consortia won blocks--thought to be mostly oil-rich--in the Perdido Fold Belt, Cordilleras Mexicanas area, and Salina basin of the Gulf of Mexico. The winning bids comprised 44,178 sq km, 23 well commitments, and $525 million in tiebreak payments. Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) announced the results 31 January in Mexico City. Benjamin Torres-Barron, partner at multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie, which represented four of the companies that participated in the round, said the auction was "very successful" with results "better than everybody expected."