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Pemex Gas Bienestar begins test phase in Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — The first of AMLO’s Gas Bienestar trucks have begun circulating through the streets of Mexico City. On Friday, several of the new Pemex LP gas company trucks roamed Iztapalapa streets during its testing phase.

In the municipalities of Azcapotzalco and Iztapalapa, residents can buy LP gas from the trucks, who blare a melody to the rhythm of cumbia and “the gaaaaaas is coming, the gaaaaaas is coming” announcement through its two roof-mounted loudspeakers.

In July, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the creation of Bienestar Gas to offer LP gas at a lower price than distribution companies. He made the move after months of “unjustified” LP gas price hikes across the country.

The Gas Bienestar company says “the main objective of the Gas Bienestar program is to serve families with lower incomes,” adding that they are currently in a testing phase, but will begin official operations soon.

The gas trucks are expected to begin regular circulation in early September. Gas Bienestar truck drivers are currently offering a 20 kg cylinder refill for 400 pesos and a 30 kg cylinder for 600 pesos.

The company, created by Pemex, will install six LP gas distribution plants in Mexico City, the State of Mexico and Hidalgo. In the six plants planned by Pemex, 44,000 20-kilo cylinder or portable pressure tanks will be filled daily.

The director of Pemex, Octavio Romero Oropeza said that the distribution terminals in the state of Hidalgo will be located in Tula de Allende and Tepeji del Río from where more than 4,800 cylinders will be filled per day.

There is no official word on when Gas Bienestar will arrive in the state of Quintana Roo.