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now open for business. Although Pemex will still be owned
by the government, it will no longer be required or allowed
to compete as a monopoly within Mexico’s borders.
To be sure, the constitutional changes did not alter
ownership of oil and natural gas at the wellhead or in the
subsoil. These valuable
resources still technically
belong to Mexico and its
people. But the consti-
tutional reforms allow
the Mexican Secretary
of Energy (SENER) to
grant licenses to private
companies for all down-
stream activities, such as
refining, pipelines, petro-
and retail gas stations.
The Mexico City-
based Mexican Associa-
tion of Providers of Service Stations, A.C. (AMPES) is a
22-year-old trade association of manufacturers, distributors,
installers and maintenance companies. Through the years,
its 50 members have worked collaboratively with Pemex
franchisees to build, equip and maintain environmentally
safe storage and dispensing systems linked with modern
electronic payment and billing processes. AMPES mem-
bers also have served as liaisons between Pemex franchisees
and the Official Mexican Standard (NOM), the Ministry of
Energy (Secretaría de Energy) and the Ministry of Environ-
ment and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambi-
ente y Recursos Naturales).
Currently, the retail gasoline market in Mexico consists
of nearly 11,000 Pemex stations owned by franchisees
whose margins are guaranteed by the government.
Authorities also control the location and construction of
new Pemex stations. All of that will change in the years
ahead as foreign investors are allowed to build and own
stations and to determine their own margins. The service
station landscape in Mexico is also sure to change as
competition is introduced into the marketplace. There
will be more stations—some expect a total count of as
many as 20,000 to 30,000 in time—as well as winners and
losers in the retail gasoline market.
The one constant will be AMPES members’
availability to assist new station owners in building
Mexico’s retail infrastructure and to help modernize the
existing stations of Pemex franchisees.
AMPES members build, equip and maintain Pemex service stations in Mexico.