The Federal Electricity Commission(CFE)is carrying out a strategy to expand the coverage of natural gas in the country, since only 7% of the population has access to this energy.
The majority of households in Mexico (78%) use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP), which is approximately 30% more expensive than natural gas and represents a greater risk because being heavier than air remains concentrated in the soil.
According to the CFE, the challenge is that the private companies participating in the project do not destroy the infrastructure and urban real estate.
Miguel Santiago Reyes Hernández,general director of CFEnergía and CFE Internacional, reported that he is currently working with the Mexican Association of Natural Gas and with local authorities to seek that energy can reach more and more places.
The savings would be around 30 to 35% for households, if natural gas instead of LP gas arrived at their homes, he said.
Natural gas requires more investment in infrastructure and agility in permits
It is not so easy because a whole distribution network must be established and because it also requires a commitment from companies so that they do not destroy the infrastructure and urban real estate that often generates discomfort in communities that have suffered damage or spoils, added the director.
If this commitment is guaranteed, it will be possible to sustain in the long term affordable gas prices for the majority of the Mexican population.
Gas pipelines under development
As for the development of gas pipelines, he commented that the construction of three is planned.
We are going to carry out the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for the liquefaction plant that we want to put in Salina Cruz and re-export the natural gas
reyes Hernandez commented.
The other two projects are the gas pipeline to San Luis Río Colorado and Mexicali either through the United States or Mexico, and the creation of infrastructure to supply the Yucatan Peninsula.
"We are also negotiating with the companies, the missing infrastructure to guarantee gas in the Yucatan Peninsula to our generation plants, which will be, the new ones, by 2024," he concluded.