Mexico’s state-owned Pemex has had to close down effected refined products pipelines as illegal taps have been used to siphon fuel. The company now reports that safer transportation methods are being used as part of the Joint Plan of the Mexican Government to combat fuel theft, which has caused changes in the logistics dealing with delivery to service stations. 

This has caused delays that have greatly affected the states of Hidalgo, State of Mexico, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato and Queretaro.

“It should be stressed that the current situation is not the result of fuel shortages or speculation; our Storage and Distribution Terminals have sufficient inventory to cover the demands of the population,” the company said.

By mandate of the Mexican Government, Pemex has made significant progress in restoring fuel distribution, using various alternative supply lines in the affected states. Although there have been delays in distributing the fuel, there is enough to cover demand; the operations that have been implemented will allow distribution and supply to return to normal as soon as possible.

It will continue to strengthen the prevention measures needed to eradicate fuel theft (locally referred to as “huachicoleo”), and, in the framework of the Government’s Joint Plan, the company will continue to work towards combatting the crime of fuel theft, which directly affects the Mexican population’s patrimony.

The company appeals to the general public’s understanding and support and renews its call to avoid panic buying. “Our Storage and Distribution Terminals have enough fuel in stock to cover the demands of the population, and the country is not suffering from shortages or lack of fuel products,” Pemex said.

All the measures currently implemented by the Mexican Government under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s leadership seek to prevent further financial losses for the nation and end corruption. Therefore, it is important for all Mexicans to cooperate and report any criminal activity that may place the economy, integrity and safety of the population at risk.

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9th January 2019

9th January 2019