Mexico begins to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas

A second shipment also from the United States aboard the tanker Seri Balhaf expects to unload some 151,300 cubic meters of liquefied gas at the Altamira terminal.

These ships are the first of at least four loads of fuel that the federal government bought due to the shortage generated since last Friday.

Last Wednesday the state-owned CFE reported the acquisition of four natural gas ships that would enter through the ports of Manzanilla and Altamira. The fuel contained in the tanks will be injected into five combined cycle power plants of the electricity company and into the National Integrated Natural Gas Transportation and Storage System (SISTRANGAS) to mitigate the critical alert issued last Tuesday.

Liquefied gas shipments arrive in Mexico as the United States increases exports of the molecule via gas pipelines, despite an executive order issued this week by the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, which prohibited the supply of gas outside the state. until Sunday.

The weather is expected to improve this weekend in the southern United States, with natural gas imports expected to return to normal.

The shortage of imports has put electricity generation in the country at risk, since about 40% of the power plants of the state-owned CFE and 60% of the country’s total capacity run on natural gas. And the country does not have a storage strategy for the molecule, which has increased the country’s vulnerability and exposed Mexico’s great dependence on US gas.

Pipeline gas exports from the United States to Mexico rose to 4.9 billion cubic feet a day (MCFD) on Thursday from a 13-month low of 3,800 MCFD on Tuesday. Before the deep frost in the southern United States, exports to Mexico by pipeline reached 5,700 MMcfd, according to preliminary data from Refinitiv Eikon.

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