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Maduro offer to give gas to Mexico, occurrence: experts

The proposal of Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, to supply gas to Mexico is an « occurrence » that violates the embargo that the United States imposed on that South American nation and that does not have infrastructure support, experts warned.

This Friday, the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, offered to supply natural gas to Mexico in order to overcome the shortages caused by the interruption of supply by Texas.

« Looking at the gas production plans, we should aim to be safe gas suppliers to Mexico for its energy efficiency, » said the president during a meeting at the headquarters of Petróleos de Venezuela.

On Monday at least four states in northern Mexico (Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua and Tamaulipas) suffered the suspension of electricity service for hours.

The following day, authorities argued that this situation was due to the limited flow of fuel from Texas caused by low temperatures and warned of scheduled blackouts in more states.

In this regard, Maduro proposed yesterday that « one of the new goals » for the Venezuelan oil industry is « to make a strategic alliance » with Mexico.

« I have seen the issue of gas supply and the effort that President (Andrés Manuel) López Obrador is making to solve it, now aggravated by the snowfalls in Texas that have left both Texas and the Mexican territory in a difficult situation, » he stressed.

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Given this proposal, experts considered that although it could be interesting, the United States has imposed sanctions against the South American country, which reach all those who do business with that nation.

In addition, Mexico has little capacity to receive liquefied natural gas, because it only has two terminals available: one in Manzanillo, Colima, and another in Altamira, Tamaulipas.

In the opinion of Ramsés Pech, partner of Caraiva y Asociados-León & Pech Architects, Maduro’s declaration is an occurrence, since at least 15 to 20 ships per week of liquefied natural gas are required.

“The ports would not have the capacity to download. If it costs us with gasoline and diesel, imagine if we do not have to invest in a new structure much less to expand the current one ”, he explained to MILENIO.

In April of last year at least 15 ships were waiting in the Gulf of Mexico to unload gasoline.

Pech also recalled that the United States maintains economic sanctions against those nations that establish oil agreements with Venezuela, so if this is violated, the country will be at risk of going against the interests of its main commercial partner.

Last year, the administration of still President Donald Trump imposed sanctions against two companies and three people from Mexico involved in the Venezuelan oil trade.

For the president of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas Vehicles, Andrés Bayona, the problem is that storage in Mexico does not cover more than 4 or 5 percent of national consumption.

This Friday, the first of at least four shipments of liquefied natural gas purchased emergency arrived in Mexico. It is the Flex Courageous tanker, loaded with 162,850 cubic meters of US fuel, which docked at the Manzanillo terminal.

In addition, in the port of Altamira the arrival of the tanker Seri Balhaf, also from the United States, was expected with about 151,300 cubic meters of gas.

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ELECTRICAL REFORM ADVANCES IN COMMISSION

With 22 votes in favor and ten against, the Energy Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved in a blended session the project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reform the Electricity Industry Law, which, among other aspects, plans to give priority to the CFE on private generators to « feed » the national electricity system. Endorsed by the parliamentary majority of Morena, PT and PES, with the votes of PAN, PRI, MC, PRD and PVEM against, the opinion was turned over to the Board of Directors to be discussed and voted in plenary session on Tuesday, February 23.