AMLO visits refineries, warns of danger of depending on gasoline imports

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The modernization of the six existing oil refineries in Mexico, the construction of a new one on the coast of Tabasco and the purchase of one in the United States are crucial to achieve energy self-sufficiency, reiterated President López Obrador at the meeting. ” a visit to the Pemex refinery in Ciudad. Madero, Tamaulipas.

The president said his administration is looking to increase Mexico’s refining capacity so that importing gasoline is no longer necessary. He had previously promised that the country would be self-sufficient in gasoline by 2023, when the Dos Bocas refinery in Paraíso, Tabasco, is expected to start operations.

“Just imagine! If a foreign nation decided not to sell us gasoline, it would be chaos, we only have reserves for 10 days,” López Obrador told Ciudad Madero on Friday.

Mexico must aim for self-sufficiency in food and fuel so that it does not depend on “any foreign nation” or “any power,” he said, apparently referring to the United States.

“We are making a profound change in… oil policy; the fundamental objective is to no longer sell crude oil [to foreign refineries] … But rather to process all the raw material in our country, ”said López Obrador.

The president asserted that the quest for self-sufficiency would generate jobs in Mexico and rejected any suggestion that buying gasoline overseas is cheaper.

“It’s much better to produce what we consume, not to bring it [into the country]He said, noting that the cost of transporting gasoline to Mexico increases its retail price.

During his visit to the refinery, López Obrador also sought to reassure Pemex workers that their jobs and working conditions are safe while he remains on duty.

“There will be no layoffs, we are not going to tear up your collective contract. You will retire at the age agreed in the contract, ”he said. Previous governments had planned to increase the retirement age.

“… We will also ensure that there is a union democracy, that everyone… decides who they want to represent them. No more corrupt leaders but rather leaders who represent and defend you ”, declared the president.

López Obrador also visited Pemex refineries in Salamanca, Guanajuato and Tula, Hidalgo, over the weekend.

The other refineries undergoing modernization are located in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; Minatitlan, Veracruz; and Cadereyta, Nuevo León.

López Obrador announced in May that Pemex had reached an agreement to buy Shell Oil Company’s 50% stake in the oil refinery jointly owned by Deer Park near Houston, Texas for $ 600 million. The president aims to strengthen the role of the state oil company and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the Mexican energy market, to the detriment of private and foreign companies that entered after the opening of the sector by the previous federal government.

He sent a constitutional bill to Congress in October that aims to guarantee 54% of the electricity market to the CFE but the vote on the proposed reform has been postponed until next April.

With reports by Milenio and El Sol de México

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