Mexico's CRE approves first permit for sale to the public of LPG in self-service store

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

This press release from CRE was published using an automatic translation system.

The Organ of Government of the CRE approved on Monday the first permission of Expendio to the Public of LP gas through Warehouse of Expendio, with permission number LP / 21394 / EXP / BOD / 2018, in which it is authorized, to a commercial establishment ( Walmart), the possibility of selling the hydrocarbon to consumers in a portable manner.

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The permit approved by the CRE, which will be valid for 30 years as of today, consists of the provision of the service to the public of LP gas through warehouses for sale in self-service stores, in which the LP gas will be at the sale in portable containers with a capacity of up to 10 kilograms.

In this way, the permit approved by the CRE seeks to diversify the supply of LP gas through the creation of fixed points of sale in places easily accessible to the consumer, such as self-service stores.

The granting of this permit is relevant because it implies direct benefits for more than 4 thousand families in the municipalities of Ecatepec de Morelos, Tlalnepantla de Baz, Cuautitlan Izcalli, Otumba, Nextlalpan and Coacalco in the State of Mexico. Said population will have the option of acquiring or exchanging portable cylinders of up to 10 kilograms of LP gas in a commercial establishment with flexible schedules in a safe and efficient manner, either in a pedestrian way or by means of private vehicles. Also, consumers will have more options in the forms of payment to acquire LP gas.

This alternative is added to the traditional sale of fuel through delivery trucks or through the supply in the distribution plants.

It is important to note that, according to data from the National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (ENIGH) 2016, 75.7 percent of Mexican households use LPG as the main source of energy and that 15.6 percent of households still use use wood, to the detriment of the health of families. Therefore, this first permit to sell to a commercial establishment is relevant because it seeks to put more options available in the sale of LP gas and promote the replacement of firewood to reduce the adverse effects of its use.

With this permit, the CRE promotes the efficient development of competitive LP gas markets where consumers can benefit from more purchasing options.