The Remaking Of An Oil Giant, 1993

At Chi-Chi's restaurant in steamy Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico's southern coast, the country music is blaring. Blond-haired drilling engineers are gulping down plates of guacamole and chiles rellenos and calling for more beer in sign language, since they don't speak Spanish. Recently transferred from Kazakhstan and China, these American oilmen are flocking to Mexico to take part in what's becoming the world's latest oil boom.

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