Although the CFE announced that there would be « scheduled » outages in 12 states, it reported that there were blackouts in 26 states. It indicates that those affected were 3.2 million people. In contrast to the figures presented by the CFE, local authorities and citizens said that power cuts were registered in 29 states of the country.
According to the CFE’s schedule there would be no power outages in Mexico City; However, the power went out in colonies of the Mayor’s Offices of Tlalpan, Miguel Hidalgo and Iztapalapa. In municipalities in the metropolitan area, such as Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, there were also blackouts.
The electrical interruptions have implied losses estimated at 54 billion pesos. Photo: Reformation.
On February 16, the CFE determined scheduled cargo cuts in the states of: Aguascalientes, Colima, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas.
Those cuts are in addition to other blackouts that occurred on Monday in Chihuahua Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. Yesterday, the suspension of the service was registered at various times of the day. At night the power cuts were extended to Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatán. Only three states did not report problems: Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora.
The blackouts affected a good number of companies, already hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. They estimate that they will have millionaire losses due to these interruptions in the power supply.
Luis Manuel Hernández, president of the National Index, said that the electricity interruptions have implied losses estimated at 54,000 million pesos nationwide, according to.
Said amount, he clarified, corresponds only to the calculations they have made for two days, both by companies that have operated partially and those that had been idle for more than 24 hours.
The impact for 800 companies in the north and border of the country is around 4 billion pesos every hour for salaries, indirect expenses that must be incurred as in the case of logistics, operating costs for reactivation after restarting.
In an interview, Enoch Castellanos, president of Canacintra, asserted that the losses of its members would amount to 18 billion pesos; The calculation includes data from the Coahuila automotive sector, as well as from manufacturing companies on the border.
La Caintra de Nuevo Léon, one of the states hardest hit by the blackouts, estimated its losses at 7.2 billion pesos, while a report by the Mexican Association of Private Industrial Parks (AMPIP) indicated that a total of 147 parks installed in seven states they were affected.
The lack of electricity caused damage to other services such as the water supply in popular neighborhoods, traffic lights and public lighting. Homes were affected and businesses had to stop their activity.
In Guanajuato, the Municipal Board of Potable Water and Sewerage of Celaya reported that the electricity cut affected the drinking water wells, which will remain off, and the pumping of wastewater works at half its capacity.
In Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, people had to queue to get water later because the service was suspended.
The authorities of some states, expressed their concern that there is a possibility that the electricity supply in hospitals may fail.
In Nayarit, Governor Antonio Echavarría reported that they had to transfer to the Tepic hospital patients connected to respirators who were in Ixtlán and Rosamorada.
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In addition, the gas service to the private initiative is cut up to 99%
The National Center for Natural Gas Control (Cenagas) issued a critical alert in the natural gas transportation system, after the drop in fuel transportation from the United States, which affects the supply of electricity in the country.
In the afternoon, Cenagas generated a list of more than 80 companies to which the volume of gas they will receive will be reduced, among them are: Arcelomittal México, Altos Hornos de México, Vitro, Bio Pappel and Volkswagen.
In the case of companies such as Internacional de Cerámica and Vitromex, the reduction will be greater than 99 percent.
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