Mexico City LPG distributor loses permit in wake of hospital blast

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mexico's energy ministry (Sener) has revoked the permit held by Gas Express Nieto for the operation of the Tláhuac distrbution plant in Mexico City, citing the company's negligence that led to an explosion outside a maternity hospital in January, killing three people.

The explosion outside the hospital in the Cuajimalpa district, which also left more than 50 people injured, occurred as a truck owned by the company pumped LP gas into a storage tank. A Sener investigation revealed that the truck was leaking gas as a result of two cracked screws in the vehicle's modified pump.

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The company's contract dating from 2007 to supply LPG to the city's 36 hospitals was voided in February, and the city government has launched a tender to find a new distributor.

BNamericas will host its 3rd Mexico Oil & Gas Summit on April 15-16, and its 3rd Mexico Electric Power Summit on May 13-14, both in Mexico City.