Deliveries of natural gas have been temporarily suspended in central and western Mexico due to a system failure caused by a lightning strike, state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos said.

The measure was taken Wednesday and is expected to be in place for 24 hours, Pemex said.

Lightning struck a gas metering and control station during the severe thunderstorms that hit the Papaloapan Basin in the Gulf state of Veracruz, forcing officials to halt operations at a facility that supplies the National Gas Pipeline System, Pemex said.

The system failure caused "a reduction in shipments of the hydrocarbon in the west-central zones of the country," Pemex said in a statement.

Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica, a subsidiary of the oil giant, "was forced to ensure the safe operating conditions of the pipelines and declare, in the mentioned areas, a critical alert for 24 hours," as of noon on Wednesday, Pemex said.

The gas needs of all customers will be met once the alert is terminated, the energy company said.

Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica produces 3.72 billion cubic feet of dry gas per day and 180,600 barrels per day (bpd) of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as other products used by industrial customers across Mexico.

The company imports 985.8 million cubic feet per day of dry gas and 79,100 bpd of LNG to meet industrial demand. EFE