Even though fuel theft is still one of Pemex’s biggest problems, Mexican authorities and Pemex’s personnel are acting to stop it. So far, Easter week operations were successful and led to the seizure of more than one thousand liters of illegal fuel.
The 8% decrease in diesel salesduring 2016 could be linked to the increase in fuel theft.
Despite efforts to fight oil theft in Mexico, more pipeline tapping cases continue to appear in the country. Authorities revealed that the “Red Triangle” area along with Tabasco, are the zones with the highest oil theft rates.
The Secretariat of Energy (SENER) is having problems approving the start of energy projects. The deadlines for making prior public consultations arenot beingmet. Companies are ready to work; the problem is gettinglicenses.
Clandestine outlets are one of Pemex’sbiggest challenges since the law that aims to stop fuel theft has not been effective enough, and Pemex authorities do not seem to be helping much. The development of these and other stories in our periodic Security Summary.
Mexican authorities are working to hold several oil bids this year. The country wants to avoid any problem with indigenous communities and to achieve this authorities are negotiating with them. A report in El Financiero said that the government is discussing with the indigenous community Zoque about the bidding of two onshore blocks in Chiapas. The blocks are number 10 and 11 of Round 2.2. Twelve exploratory wells are planned in these areas.
Pemex will implement transparency measures to reveal the names of those involved in the oil theft net.
A report in La Política Online said that during an event that took place in Hidalgo, Governor Omar Fayad Meneses told Pemex’s CEO, José Antonio González, that developing and implementing a security strategy to combat fuel theft – commonly known as “milking” – inside the NOC’s staff is an urgent matter.