PEMEX Ends Contracts with Litoral Laboratorios IndustrialesBy Paloma Duran | Mon, 12/21/2020 - 11:12
PEMEX has terminated four contracts with companies related to Litoral Laboratorios Industriales (LLI), which is owned by Felipa Guadalupe Obrador Olán, cousin of President López Obrador. The company also fired the contracting manager and is investigating two officials for signing those contracts which were previously prohibited by the government.
PEMEX said the company ended these contracts because President López Obrador prohibited agreements with the government´s family members. The Obrador Olán’s situation was discovered due to a journalistic investigation that showed that the NOC granted contracts to LLI, despite the President’s instructions, reported Bloomberg.
LLI is a company owned by Felipa Guadalupe Obrador Olán that provides chemical and microbiological testing of oil products. Last year, the company won four PEMEX contracts, 3 of these contracts were given after PEMEX was aware of Obrador Olán’s relationship with the president, reported Bloomberg.
Carlos Loret de Mola, Mexican journalist and economist, released an investigation that shows that during Enrique Peña Nieto´s governemnt, LLI won MX$365 million (US$18.3 million) spread over 25 contracts with PEMEX. Moreover, the document emphasizes that Felipa Obrador was ordered to stop negotiating with PEMEX; however, LLI continued participating in public tenders, reported El Financiero.
López Obrador said he ordered PEMEX to act and investigate in accordance with the law. “Even when it comes to family, corruption will not exist,” he said. Meanwhile, PEMEX said that its fight against corruption is a priority and a serious commitment, especially for those who are in charge of ensuring that the company’s processes are in accordance with the law.
As a result, Alejandro Flores Torres, the Contracting Manager of the Supply Coordination for Pemex Exploration and Production, was fired from his position. Moreover, the company is investigating Claudia Angélica Velarde Torres and José de Jesús Corrales Arroniz, who participated in the legal and technical areas of these contracts, reported CA Posts.
PEMEX notified the termination of contracts # 648819810, # 648220804, # 648220805 and # 648220806, with the following companies: Marinsa de México, Química Apolo, Maren Marine Energy, Movilab, Mensurada, Investigation and Análisis, Laboratorios ABC Química and Gamatek, reported CA Posts.
According to El Financiero, the total budgeted amount for the four contracts would have been MX$312 million (US$15.6 million), from which MX$77 million (US$3.8 million) would have corresponded to LLI. The investigation of these four contracts, has led to the discovery of a fifth contract. This contract is with Francisco I. Madero refinery and is currently being investigated.