José García
President
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Investment, Dialog Lead New President’s Agenda

By Cas Biekmann | Fri, 03/19/2021 - 10:05

Q: What was your mission for AMGN after you became president in late 2020?

A: The natural gas industry has always been committed to Mexico. As president of AMGN, my objective is to contribute to the achievement of the country’s goals and to maintain a permanent dialog with the sector’s authorities, as well as to promote investment, bearing in mind that 2020 represented a challenge for all countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic reactivation in the short and midterm is key.

 

Q: How has AMGN approached social responsibility during the pandemic?

A: For our affiliated companies, the focus was to guarantee the safe and continuous gas supply to all Mexican citizens, as well as to ensure the safety and well-being of all our workers, especially under strict sanitary protocols. Since we are an essential activity, it was important that the work did not stop. Similarly, it was a priority to guarantee transport, commercialization, distribution, storage, Vehicular Natural Gas (GNV) and the supply of materials that keep the industry’s infrastructure operating during the contingency for the benefit of homes, commercial and services companies, as well as public transport.

 

Q: How can AMGN help to prevent natural gas shortages in Mexico?

A: It is important to point out that the shortage that occurred in Mexico in early 2021 was an extraordinary event for North America. It was the first shortage in over 100 years. Natural gas has positioned itself in Mexico as a lever for development, for industries, small businesses and a growing number of homes. It is important to push storage policies to prevent situations like these from happening. It is also necessary to have a reliable system of pipelines that allows us to bring natural gas into the entire country and generate economic development, investment and employment opportunities. We still have a great deal to do, working together the three levels government and the industry to bring natural gas to the entire country.

 

Q: What role will the private sector play in the development of Mexico’s natural gas market?

A: The companies in AMGN are committed to the country, they work together with the authorities to bring natural gas to more people, while boosting economic development across the country. Our priority is to contribute to the use of natural gas because it is a fuel that is eco-friendly, it is very safe and it stimulates competitiveness.

 

Q: What will AMGN’s direct priorities be for 2021?

A: We will work and invest in MEXICO, mainly in projects that will allow us to deliver natural gas to the southeast of Mexico and boost the region’s economic development. In addition, we will continue supporting the areas that already have a natural gas supply.

Cas Biekmann Cas Biekmann Journalist and Industry Analyst