Clandestine LP gas outlets, a serious problem; 22 thousand million pesos will be lost

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So far this six-year term, more than 200 thousand tons of LP gas have been stolenwhat it has meant accumulated losses of more than 70 billion pesosa “serious problem” that continues to grow and that is far from being solved, as stated Carlos Serranopresident of the Mexican Association of Liquefied Gas Distributors and Related Companies (Amexgas).

At the moment the also called huachigas It is concentrated in four states of the Republic: Veracruz, Puebla, State of Mexico and Tlaxcala, which between January and August There were 1,993 clandestine shots for gas theft, which represents 95.8% of the crimes detected.

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He president of Amexgas He assured that adding to this problem is the payment of “floor rights” that crime charges the legally established industry, as they demand up to 500 pesos per week for each.

As published Excelsior Last Wednesday, between January and August of this year, a total of 2,102 clandestine taps were detected throughout the country, however, the Amexgas estimates that for At the end of the year, no less than 3,848 illegal drillings will be recorded.

This will allow the milking of 70 thousand tonsonly in 2023, which will represent estimated losses of more than 22 billion pesos.

According to the president of Amexgasthe growing gas theft It already allows organized crime to supply between 20% and 25% of the demand for LP gas in the center of the country, which directly affects Pemex and the formal market.


The pipeline that transports this fuel crosses the states of Tabasco, Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Querétaro, State of Mexico, Mexico City, Michoacán, Guanajuato and Jalisco, making this the area with the highest consumption and availability of the fuel. .

A characteristic that criminals have been able to take advantage of to grow this illicit business.

The president of Amexgas He detailed that the theft of LP gas begins with the perforation of the pipelineHowever, he stressed that doing so requires skill and knowledge.

In order to carry out a clandestine tap, it is necessary that the pipeline does not have much pressure (which is why it is very common to do so at night), this in order to place a valve and hoses that allow the gas to be diverted.

People arrive, very specialized technicians. A group of five to ten people arrives, with specialized equipment to carry out this intervention. They connected with a tube and a hose and draw to fill large pipes.”

When they extract the LP gasthis comes out in a liquid and gaseous state, and With the illegally connected equipment they fill pipes with a capacity of 12 thousand, 18 thousand and 24 thousand literswhich are sent to the so-called “encierros”, that is, warehouses or land where smaller pipes (four thousand liters) arrive for direct distribution to the market, whether domestic or for fuel stations.

To that place “the small pipes arrive, from the large pipe they fill four or six small pipes, which they go out to sell to the houses. The other mode of operation is that those pipes that leave also go to clandestine fuel stations, where other delivery vehicles also arrive to fill up. Filling from pipe to pipe is highly dangerous, it is extremely prohibited, yet they do it.”

According to the manager, 379 thousand fuel stations operate in MexicoHowever, of these, 45.6%, equivalent to 170 points, are illegal.

The main problem of gas theft is that it is a highly brand new fuel, whose management by organized crime is not correct, since if they do not comply with any of the security measures required by the authority, they put the safety of the population at risk.



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