President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador revealed Thursday that it offered to supply Germany with natural gas from Mexico, given the supply problems due to the conflict with Russia, and estimated that it would cover 30% of its fuel needs.
López Obrador informed in his morning conference of the offer he made to the president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeierduring his visit last week in Mexico.
“Now that the president of Germany was here, we suggested that, not for commercial reasons, but to support, as we do with everyone, we could send gas, we have gas,” he asserted.
Questioned about the amount, López Obrador assured that the gas natural from Mexico would serve to supply 30% of what Germany needs, citing that the European country had a gas supply contract with Russia and closed its nuclear plants.
The President acknowledged “that it would take time” because Mexico needs the construction of two liquefaction plants to freeze the gas and send it.
Although he indicated that there is a company from the United States, New Fortress Energy, with technology that allows gas to be transported on ships without the need to build a plant on land.
“In the same ship the gas is frozen and taken away and there it is regasified in the port where there is the pipeline, that is, progress has already been made on that. In any case, they would have to make an agreement with this American company, but we do have gas availability,” he said.
Mexico, he affirmed, has surplus gas because there are hydrocarbon contracts for the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)and also it is being extracted from the new oil fields that the country is exploiting.
“So yes, we could help, it’s just a matter for them to decide,” he said.
His offer comes after revealing that many European countries will fall into recession in 2023 if there are gas supply problems in the coming months, according to a report last Monday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (OECD).
The OECD corrected in the report its estimates on the progression of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the euro zone for next year to leave it at 0.3%, with a particular correction for Germany, where a recession of 0.7 percent is expected .
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