Mexico recovers MXN$34 million worth of stolen fuel

The state oil company Pemex discovered that the most-stolen types of fuel were gasoline and diesel

Mexico recovers MXN$34 million worth of stolen fuel
Only 10 anonymous reports were registered in the state of Hidalgo, where a pipeline explosion caused the death of over 100 civilians last month - Photo: Artemio Guerra Baz/CUARTOSCURO.COM
English 08/02/2019 16:17 Noé Cruz Serrano Mexico City Actualizada 16:17

Information from Pemex’s Legal Division dated February 5, 2019 has revealed that, though fuel theft continues, the federal government managed to recover MXN$34 million worth of stolen hydrocarbons during the first 23 days of the year.

Once with the valuation of damages and an assessment on the recovery of stolen fuel, the state oil company discovered that the most-stolen types of fuel were gasoline and diesel.

Out of said amount, MXN$32.7 million correspond to stolen gasoline, and MXN$1.21 million to diesel extracted from Pemex pipelines.

Thanks to the government’s strategy to fight fuel theft, the company was able to recover more than 10,977 gallons of crude oil; 50,616 gallons of diesel; 88 gallons of gas; 69,750 gallons of gasoline; 23,120 gallons of unidentified hydrocarbons, and 14,518 gallons of jet fuel that were illegally tapped from pipelines.

Most of the fuel was recovered in the state of Veracruz (31,015 gallons), followed by Hidalgo (10,085), Puebla (9,861), Oaxaca (6,988), Guanajuato (5,609), and Tabasco (4,399). An unspecified amount of fuel was also recovered in the State of Mexico, Mexico City, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Tlaxcala.

According to the documents provided by the state-owned company, seven Pemex workers and former workers were accused of fuel theft, adding to the 129 suspects that have been accused since 2006.

During the first 23 days of the year, Pemex recorded 422 anonymous reports of fuel theft, with around the same number of illegal taps, most of which happened in Veracruz (111), followed by the State of Mexico, with 97 illegal taps; Puebla, with 69; Tamaulipas, 37, and Guanajuato, 33.

However, only 10 anonymous reports were registered in the state of Hidalgo, where a pipeline explosion caused the death of over 100 civilians last month.

Should the number of illegal taps in January be confirmed, this year would show a remarkable difference compared to the same month in previous years. In January, 2017, illegal taps rose to 828, while in 2018, there were 1,064 illegal taps. However, the fact that some of Pemex’s most important pipelines were temporarily closed last month should be taken into account.
 

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