Mexico City / 11.08.2021 19:01:22
Industrial dependence on natural gas generates a problem in the country, which is why a policy of production of this hydrocarbon that takes advantage of the resources that Mexico has in the north becomes necessary, as indicated by the director of Relations with Institutions and Government at Énestas Energy & Gas, Juan Eduardo Balboa.
“There is a lot of natural gas in Mexico, we have the same geology in the north as the United StatesBut we don’t know how to get it out and in the south we have gas associated with oil, but we don’t use it in industry. “
In a forum organized by the Sonora Energy Cluster, José Eduardo Balboa commented that dependence on natural gas will exist beyond the weather phenomena, such as the one that occurred in February, which caused a cut in the supply of fuel to Mexico.
“For the United States, Mexico is the natural market for the sale of this energy due to the surplus it has and it will continue to be the case, apart from the fact that there was a geopolitical issue, which for the moment we cannot visualize. “
The manager recommended that given the supply problem, having liquefied natural gas storage in companies is one of the possible solutions.
“The idea of having on-site storage has to be planted in the industry, just as you have water cisterns or electricity generation plants, we could think of liquefied natural gas as a reserve of production days, to avoid this type of problem “.
Faced with the question that the transport of liquefied natural gas is more expensive than the use of gas by pipeline, Jose Eduardo Balboa mentioned that pthat at cost, is a viable option compared to using other fuels for industrial processes.
“It is expensive, but it is an option. Despite the transport variant, it is still cheaper than LP gas and diesel“It was also highlighted that due to the type of land transport, andIt is possible to take it to any point since not all industries can be connected to the transport infrastructure by pipeline. In addition, its storage is more efficient, since 2.4 times more natural gas is stored in the same tank size than compressed natural gas.
According to data from the Secretary of Energy (Sener), as of 2019 the share of domestic demand for natural gas in Mexico was 62.2 percent for the electricity sector, 19.4 for the industrial sector, and 17 percent for the oil sector. The residential and motor transport sector barely represents 0.1 percent of the demand.