In Mexico, Energy Reform Is Local, Too

1/20/2017 Natural Gas Intelligence

Energy -electricity_transmission_linesMexico’s energy reforms are a nationwide affair, but much of the action — and potential conflict — will happen at the state and municipal level, where the drill bits and pipelines meet the ground, speakers said Wednesday at a conference in Monterrey, the capital of northeastern state Nuevo León.

According to presenters at the Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum, Mexico’s northeast region holds close to 85% of the country’s shale gas reserves and is its third-largest wind energy resource base. The region also has the highest energy demand in Mexico except for the Mexico City metro area, and manufacturers there produce goods for domestic and export markets.

While energy infrastructure in northeastern Mexico is the country’s most developed, it is still lacking — and that is keeping the region from developing its full economic potential, conference speakers said.

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