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Maduro “raises his hand” for Venezuela to supply gas to Mexico

This despite the fact that in the Caribbean country it is increasingly common for citizens to turn to firewood for their daily tasks due to the lack of that fuel

| 02/19/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 49 | . |

Caracas.- The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, proposed this Friday that his country be « supplier insurance » of gas of Mexico for its « energy efficiency », despite the fact that in the Caribbean country it is increasingly common for citizens to turn to firewood for their daily tasks due to the lack of that fuel.

« Viewing the production plans of gas, we should aim to be safe suppliers of gas to Mexico for its energy efficiency, « Maduro said in a meeting with a presidential commission that seeks to refloat the oil industry Venezuelan.

Last Tuesday, the National Center for the Control of Gas Natural (Cenagas) by Mexico declared a « critical alert » in the National Integrated Transportation and Storage System of Gas Natural (Sistrangas) due to limited fuel flow caused by low temperatures in the southern United States.

In a statement, the agency indicated that the aforementioned declaration « takes effect as of February 16, 2021, remaining in force until further notice. »

On the same Tuesday, the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace), operator of the Mexican electricity system, announced power outages scheduled for the center and west of the country due to the massive blackout that affected 4.7 million users in the north.

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The interruption occurs after the massive blackout that left 4.7 million users in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Durango and Zacatecas without power on Monday due to the winter storm that hit the north of Mexico and to Texas (United States).

The Mexican government blamed the interruption of the supply of gas of Texas to supply the plants of the state company, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), although it stated that the service had already been restored by 80%.

Faced with this situation, Maduro asked the members of the commission to speak « with our brothers from PEMEX, in Mexico« , as well as with the Government of that country.

« I’ve seen the whole supply issue gas and the effort being made by President (Andrés Manuel) López Obrador to solve it, now aggravated by the snowfalls in Texas that have left both Texas and the Mexican territory in a difficult situation, « the Venezuelan leader stressed.

For this reason, he proposed as « one of the new goals » for the Venezuelan industry « to make a strategic alliance » with Mexico in this matter.

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This alliance must be made, always according to the Venezuelan head of state, « complying with the scale » and, therefore, complying with the supply of the « gas of the community and gas of the national industry « .

The increase in the use of firewood to make up for the lack of gas in Venezuela It has even caused several environmental NGOs to warn of the increase in indiscriminate logging.

According to the Environment Commission of the previous Parliament, with an opposition majority and whose functions ended on January 5, logging as a result of the lack of gas and light is registered with the highest incidence in the western states of the country because they are further from the « only » operating plant for the distribution of gas, the José Antonio Anzoátegui Petrochemical Complex, located in the eastern zone.