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Official says proposed Cancun to Playa del Carmen gas line bad idea

Cancun, Q.R. — The prospect for a new gas pipeline running between Cancun and Playa del Carmen has been met with skepticism by Civil Protection saying to install it would be a bad idea.

Moisés Ramírez Heredia, Director of Civil Protection in Solidaridad, says that a simple explosion would put the entire region out of business.

The expert in LP and natural gas put it bluntly when he said, “If the gas pipeline explodes, we would be void of tourism.”

The project to install a gas pipeline between Cancun and Playa del Carmen has been proposed by the company Gas del Noroeste, however Ramírez Heredia says it would be a mistake to “put a time bomb under the ground.”

“With the issue of gas there could be a very strong impact on tourism. See now what happens with the ferry alerts from the United States and Canada? So imagine if we had a duct-level explosion.

“We would be out of the tourism business,” he explained.

“For any work of this type there must be an emission of environmental impact as well as permission of the municipality to develop the pipeline, submit security programs to the Chamber of Deputies and comply with several steps,” he explained.

This is not the first time a gas pipeline has been proposed for the area. In recent years, Zeta gas had also projected the idea to state officials, however, the idea did not come into play.

“To begin with, they did not finish what was done with the first proposal, and now they want to open another channel,” he said.

“They fell short with the diameter capacity that was created. I have dealt with several hotels in this area and I know with full knowledge the tube is very small and this will add more pressure,” he explained.

Gas Natural del Noroeste SA de CV plans to develop an open a transport system, Cancun Stage II (Cancun-Playa del Carmen).

The project consists of the installation of a gas pipeline with a length of 198,180 meters for the transportation of natural gas from the company Gas Natural del Noroeste for the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad in Quintana Roo.

It will have a branch starting from the point of interconnection of the downtown area of Cancun to the hotel zone and will continue along the Cancun-Tulum highway to Playa del Carmen.

They are also involved in the gas pipeline that supplies Yucatan, from Mérida to Kanasín.