Mexico’s government is investigating the possible sabotage of its liquefied petroleum gas distribution network by competitors of the state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Monday, Jan. 20.
“This has not been proven, so that’s why it’s a hypothesis that the culprits don’t want Pemex to have gas so the competition is putting up barriers,” AMLO said at his daily morning press conference.
Next week, Pemex chief Octavio Romero will present a report on the issue, the president said.
Pemex facilities have also been robbed of equipment used to pump export-quality crude, he said.
Thieves take boats out to Pemex platforms, steal equipment and sell it on the black market for between 5,000 and 6,000 pesos ($270 and $320), according to López Obrador.
His government has also cracked down on rampant fuel theft.