Mexico’s Pemex limits natural gas supply after storm

23 August 2012 03:40  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil company, issued a critical alert on Wednesday limiting the supply of natural gas to the central and western regions of the country.

An electrical discharge during heavy rains resulted in a shutdown at a gas field control station in the state of Veracruz, reducing gas supply, Pemex said in a statement.

Pemex has restricted industry access to the fuel to ensure safe operation of the pipeline, as demand pushes operation of the conduit to its limit, the company said.

“A 24-hour critical alert starting at 12:00 hours CDT (Central Daylight Time) (17:00 GMT) has been declared to safeguard the pipeline system,” said Pemex Gas and Basic Petrochemicals, a unit of Pemex.

Industry association Concamin issued a statement last month warning of the risks that gas supply disruption poses to Mexican industry.

“Disruption of gas supply damages Mexican industry and prevents industry from planning future growth,” Concamin said.

The industry association called on the government to press ahead with long-term solutions to Mexico's energy needs.

By: Simon West

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