BRIEF-Eni to start drilling in Mexico's Area 1 field in Dec

miércoles 20 de abril de 2016 16:46 GYT

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)