Natural gas in Mexico continues to be underutilized, according to industry participants who spoke last week at Industry Exchange LLC’s 6th Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum.

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CEO José García Sanleandro of Gas Natural México (Naturgy Mexico), the local subsidiary of Spain’s Naturgy Energy Group, said the level of residential users has hardly budged over the last year and only reaches 7% of the population.

“This is one of our challenges, and opportunities,” he said.

He cited Monterrey as a success story, with 5,000 companies connected to the natural gas network, almost 8 GW of installed natural gas capacity and 90% residential coverage.

“The poorest states in the country are those that don’t have natural gas, and this is behind the government’s push to get...