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Changes to ethanol NOM prompt fuel market debate

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Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published modifications to the country’s fuel quality standard, NOM-016-CRE-2016, on June 26, 2017, stoking an ongoing kerfuffle among parties on either side of the ethanol-as-fuel debate.  Beyond the philosophical grandstanding, the changes to the reg have potential to impact the evolution of the fuel industry in Mexico and as is often the case, they are generating no small amount of confusion.

Over the past 10 years, national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has repeatedly announced its intention to introduce gasoline containing ethanol into the Mexican market, only to suspend the effort for one reason or another each time, most recently in 2015.  The standard permitting up to 5.8% ethanol as an oxygenate in gasoline has been on the books since August 2016, yet as best we can determine, gasoline currently sold in Mexico is oxygenated with MTBE rather than ethanol.  The recent modifications to the fuel standard include an increase in the maximum allowable percentage of ethanol in gasoline from 5.8% to 10%, clearing the way for the introduction of so-called E10 fuel.  The move comes within the context of Mexico’s energy industry reform, which allows for private production, importation and sale of fuels as well as the elimination of government establishment of fuel prices.  The elimination of gas price controls at the pump is currently being implemented by region, to culminate in nationwide free market pricing as of January 1, 2018. Continue reading Changes to ethanol NOM prompt fuel market debate

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Gasoline: Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission estimates removal of price controls on gasoline and diesel in 2017 will stimulate up to US$16 billion in new investment. Major projects are expected in new service stations, transport pipelines and storage infrastructure. (Reforma, December 22, 2016)
  • Recycling: The Mexico City municipal government published a tender for the first of two plants planned to use solid waste from the city’s landfills as fuel to produce electricity. Officials estimated approximately US$3.5 billion in investment will be required for the total project, which is intended to provide electricity for the local Metro public transport system. (El Universal, December 13, 2016)
  • Rail: Mexican mining conglomerate and rail transport operator Grupo Mexico plans investment of approximately US$431 to support the operations of its rail transport subsidiaries Ferromex, Ferrosur and Intermodal, the company reported. Upgrades include acquisition of new locomotives, replacement of rail and ties and other infrastructure improvements. (Outlet Minero, December 14, 2016)
  • Retail: Japanese clothing and home products retailer Miniso is preparing to open its first store in Mexico before the close of 2016 via investment of US$3 million, the company’s Mexico franchise operator reported. The franchisee projects opening up to 100 Miniso stores in Mexico over the next five years. (Reforma, December 13, 2016)
  • Metal forming: SPM Auto Parts, a joint venture between Japan’s Mizuno Tekkosho and Korea’s Sunil Dyfas, inaugurated a new production facility in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. The US$16 million plant will produce precision screws and bolts for regional automotive OEMs such as KIA, Nissan, Honda, General Motors and Toyota. (Notimex, December 7, 2016)
  • Financial services: Spanish financial services multinational Grupo Financiero Santander plans investment of approximately US$750 million in Mexico operations over the next three years, the company announced.  Resources will support upgrading of software and systems, retail banking branches and introduction of new products, among other areas.  (Expansión, December 8, 2016)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial miller and tortilla producer Gruma announced plans to build a new production facility in the southeastern state of Puebla. The US$50 million site is planned to produce tortillas and tostadas under the Mission brand. (Reforma, December 1, 2016)
  • Automotive: Korean auto parts maker Hanwha Advanced Materials inaugurated a new production plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the state government reported. The US$20 million site will produce components for a new Kia Motors OEM manufacturing facility in the area.  (Milenio, December 1, 2016)

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Automotive: German auto maker Audi inaugurated a major new manufacturing plant in the southeastern state of Puebla. The US$1.3 billion facility will produce the brand’s Q5 premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) for export around the world, according to media reports. (Expansión, September 30, 2016)
  • Technology: U.S. networking technology manufacturer Cisco Systems estimates it will invest up to US$4 billion in Mexico operations over the next two years, the Mexican government reported. Resources reportedly will support increased production  of products such as routers, servers and video-conferencing screens for export to 110 countries. (Bloomberg, September 27, 2016)
  • Electronics: Japanese audio speaker manufacturer Tohoku Pioneer will establish a manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco, the Jalisco state government announced. The US$5million production site will be located next to an existing Pioneer Corp. plant producing GPS systems. (Informador, September 27, 2016)
  • Steel: Mexican steel wire producer Deacero is projecting approximately US$300 million in investment over the next two years in Mexico operations. Plans include adding new products to the company’s portfolio, particularly for the automotive industry. (Reforma, September 8, 2016)
  • Solar power: IEnova, the Mexican subsidiary of U.S. natural gas utility Sempra Energy, plans to invest approximately US$150 million in the two energy generation projects it was awarded in a recent government auction. IEnova will build two solar parks in the states of Aguascalientes and Baja California. (El Financiero, September 29, 2016)
  • Casual dining: Mexican casual dining franchise operator Orquest Foods plans to open 60 Papa John’s pizza restaurants in Mexico over the next eight years, the company reported. Orquest recently acquired 26 Papa John’s locations in the Mexico City metropolitan area.  (Reforma, September 9, 2016) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico