Mexico reported blackouts in 4.77 million homes and businesses after natural gas supplies from the US were disrupted by the ongoing winter storm.
“A lack of natural gas and the loss of transmission at 7:48 am caused an imbalance in the north and northeast, affecting about 6,950MW of capacity,” said Mexican grid operator Cenace.
Cenace advised people in the Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua to reduce their electricity consumption over the next few hours to conserve supply.
The Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that 4.7 million people from Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua, including Saltillo, Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua city, Cuauhtémoc and Delicias were left without power.
CFE said that the situation would not last long and will soon be resolved.
Because of the severe winter storms in the US, Mexico was unable to import around one of the four billion cubic feet of natural gas it gets across the border daily.
Guillermo García Alcocer, former chief of the Energy Regulatory Commission warned that Mexico could face a longer gas shortage due to the cold weather in the United States and said that there was a need to upgrade local storage facilities to mitigate shortage risks.