Refined oil halted through pipelines, as Pemex concedes to narco oil theft
Posted by Pepe republished from Proceso
Announcement comes amid an annual increase of 70 percent in the number of illegal pipeline connections operated by organized crime
"This is a great
admission of vulnerability by Pemex," says George Baker, an industry analyst
In a bid to curb the
theft of fuel through its pipeline network across the country, Petroleos
Mexicanos (Pemex) announced it will stop using the pipelines for the transportation
of refined fuels.
"In order to
strengthen security in the transport of fuels, Pemex will use its pipelines
only for unrefined gas and diesel, which is unfit for use in vehicles and
industrial plants," the oil giant said in a statement.
Henceforth, the final
mixing of such products will be made directly at the 77 Pemex storage terminals
in the country, prior to delivery to automotive vehicles and industry.
"Users are advised
to ensure that the fuels they are buying are from Pemex terminals, and warned
against buying gasoline and diesel from any other facilities or stations not
part of the Pemex distribution system, warning such fuels can harm
engines," the statement added.
It was also stated that
customers should request proof of payment at the gas station.
Pemex has a network of
14,282 kilometers of oil and gas pipelines through which it now will only carry
unrefined gasoline and diesel.
This change in strategy
began in Tabasco, but the goal is to be applied gradually throughout the country.