BRIEF-Eni to start drilling in Mexico's Area 1 field in Dec
April 20 (Reuters) - Eni says:
* CEO met counterpart at Mexican state oil company Pemex
* intends to consolidate and grow presence in Mexico
* considers Pemex an important future partner
* plans to start drilling activities in Area 1, where it holds 100 percent, next December
* expects to finish the appraisal campaign by the end of 2017 Further company coverage: (Reporting by Milan newsroom; editing by John Stonestreet)
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