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The National Commission investigates Pemex Hydrocarbons under suspicion of excessive burning of natural gas: Reuters

The National Commission investigates Pemex Hydrocarbons under suspicion of excessive burning of natural gas: Reuters

Photo: REUTERS / Victor Ruiz Garcia / File
Photo: REUTERS / Victor Ruiz Garcia / File

Experts of National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) they investigate Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) before the there is a suspicion that there is too much natural gas as well as other offenses sa gigantic oil field Quesquias two sources with direct knowledge of the subject would suggest to the news agency Reuters.

According to the information provided to Reutersexperts from the Mexican hydrocarbon regulator he made a surprise visit to the facilities of the Quesqui parklocated in the state of the Tabascor, property of a productive company of the State of Mexico.

In 2019, the company, which under international pressure to clear its operating practicespraised the Quesqui field as the most important energy discovery in the region in three decades.

The Mexican oil company is under international pressure to clear its operating practices.  (Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido / File)
The Mexican oil company is under international pressure to clear its operating practices. (Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido / File)

According to the agency, Concerns were raised about “excessive gas flaring” and other potential breaches of the Pemex development plandetail the sources that requested anonymity.

Reuters emphasize that Neither the Energy Secretariat nor Pemex responded to requests for comments.although the CNH declined to comment.

At the beginning of this month of June, European Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA)reported that it was discovered that Pemex released thousands of tons of methane gas into the atmosphere from the Zaap-C oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, except in December 2021.

The European Space Agency study was conducted by of the satellites those who registered images of methane columns during departure “ultra emission” between December 8 and 27, according to the report issued last Thursday, June 9th.

File image / REUTERS / Edgard Garrido
File image / REUTERS / Edgard Garrido

According to the researchers, led by Itziar Irakulis, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, The Mexican oil company released about 4,000 tons of methane during that period.

The study shows that In 19 days, Pemex emitted an amount of methane equivalent to 3.37 million tons of carbon dioxide or, 3% of Mexico’s annual CO2 emissions.

The emissions occurred near the Campechespecifically, at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field, which produces about 20% of total oil production in Mexico.

Other satellites received an almost steady flare that suddenly disappeared on December 8, and only intermittently during the “ultra-emissions” event.

Research by the European Space Agency has shown that Pemex releases large amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere (Photo: ESA)
Research by the European Space Agency has shown that Pemex releases large amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere (Photo: ESA)

The study noted that the release of the pollutant into the Gulf of Mexico was possibly due to “abnormal process conditions at the site,” such as malfunctions or equipment problems.

Days after and after a meeting with US President John Kerry’s Special Envoy for Climate, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that Pemex would stop burning gas and promised to the state production company will invest $ 2 billion to reduce methane gas emissions by 98%considered one of the major pollutants responsible for global warming.

The Mexican federal president explained that Petróleos Mexicanos will make the investment with its own resources and international creditsalthough he did not give further details on when that goal will be achieved.

To minimize its harmful effects, natural gas is often burned when it comes to the surface as a by – product of oil production. It releases methane as well as other polluting gases.

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