Mexico buys regasification ships to face blackouts

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced the purchase of three ships with liquefied gas to reactivate power plants affected by the lack of this fuel, imported from the US The situation, derived from the heavy snowfalls and the increased demand for energy in the neighboring country, caused blackouts and power outages in 26 of the 32 Mexican states.

« We are already buying liquefied gas, three ships have already been bought. Possibly more will be bought to solve the problem. It is mainly due to frost, to the bad weather situation in the north, mainly in Texas, » said the president at press conference.

The president estimated that no later than the weekend, more power plants will be operational again to face the electricity supply crisis, which caused blackouts and a series of scheduled outages in various regions of the country.

« We are facing the problem because we are starting up plants that do not require gas. We are starting up fuel oil plants, coal plants to face the emergency and all planning is being carried out, so that people do not stay without electricity permanently, but it can be organized that there are periodic, temporary blackouts, of 30 minutes, « he said.

Cenace issued an « operational alert » andrestricted gas consumption to 83 industries, including steel mills and auto plants.

The effects of the blackouts extended to water services in some areas of the Mexican capital and its surroundings. The water cuts also affected other towns in the north of the country, such as Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas.

The National Council of the Maquiladora and Export Manufacturing Industry (Index) estimated losses of 54,000 million pesos (2,650 million dollars), that is, Mexican maquilas lose around 200 million dollars for each hour of blackout in the north of the country.

The blackouts in Mexico began last Monday, in the face of a crisis due to the lack of gas, due to the high dependence on imports from the United States.

The cold front, which has caused heavy snowfall in the southern US and northern Mexico, caused gas demand to rise in Texas and other regions of the US border, which sent prices up by up to 5,000%, leaving no supply to Mexican power plants.