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Mexican President says plan to counter fuel theft saves MXN $12 billion
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference - Photo: Henry Romero/REUTERS

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says plan to counter fuel theft saves MXN $12 billion

25/04/2019
15:06
Reuters
Mexico City
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López Obrador closed six major pipelines where thieves & criminal gangs were siphoning off fuel as part of a plan launched in late December to tackle intensifying theft from state oil company Pemex

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday that a government drive to stamp out fuel theft launched days after his administration took office had generated savings of MXN $12 billion (USD $635 million).
 

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López Obrador closed six major pipelines where thieves and criminal gangs were siphoning off fuel worth billions of dollars as part of a plan launched in late December to tackle intensifying theft from state oil company Pemex. Instead, the fuel from the closed pipelines is delivered by tanker trucks.
 

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“We have so far saved MXN $12 billion, at the Pemex price, not the price of gas stations,” López Obrador told his regular daily press conference.

Early on, the crackdown led to gasoline shortages and consumers lining up at gas stations for hours.

López Obrador said at its current rate, the plan could generate additional savings of about MXN$ 50 billion (USD$2.64 billion), without giving further details.

The veteran leftist took office on December 1 after winning a landslide election victory on promises to root out endemic corruption, strengthen Pemex and ensure stable fuel prices.

In the same press briefing, Pemex Chief Executive Octavio Romero said that fuel theft had fallen to an average of 11,500 barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter of the year, from more than 74,000 bpd in early December.

Romero said there has been a “slight rebound and stabilization” in production of crude oil to 1.685 million bpd so far in April.

In January, production averaged 1.626 million bpd, compared to an average of 1.928 million bpd in the same month last year, according to Romero.

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