Pemex Steps Up Security Following Attacks

Mexico's state oil company Pemex has stepped up security on its pipelines following recent attacks on its installations by rebel group EPR, Pemex said in a statement.

With Pemex's support, authorities have upped security measures on the pipelines. The frequency and range of patrols also have been increased.

Further, the national defense secretariat (Sedena), federal preventative police (PFP) and Pemex are working in coordination to strengthen the security of "strategic areas."

REPAIRS

Pemex has concluded the installation of piping to bypass the affected area of the Cactus-Guadalajara LPG pipeline, one of three attacked earlier this week.

The company also has begun works to replace the damaged part of the Poza Rica-Salamanca oil pipeline and was due to begin tests on Thursday (Jun 12) afternoon and resume supply a few hours later, the statement said.

Damage to the Mexico-Guadalajara natural gas pipeline affected supply to the cities of Guadalajara, Queretaro, Aguascalientes and Leon.

Pemex said all homes and installations such as hospitals are receiving normal natural gas supply, except in Queretaro.

At the time of the statement's publication, small businesses were receiving normal levels of natural gas in the cities, while full supply to large consumers had not yet resumed.

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