Argentina’s National Gas Regulator (ENARGAS) is in the process of drafting a new regulation concerning natural gas vehicles for importation. European truck and bus manufacturers IVECO and Scania are collaborating with the Regulator as it prepares a “Procedure for the qualification of imported vehicles propelled by the use of natural gas as fuel” — Project NAG-451 (2018). The consultation period expires August 24.
In March, the Undersecretariat of Traffic and Transportation of Buenos Aires ordered the creation of the Pilot Test Program of Alternative Fuel Buses, within the framework of the city’s Clean Mobility Plan. As a precursor to importation of vehicles, the Undersecretariat called for promotion of policies, plans and projects for ordering and improving the passenger and cargo transportation system.
Resolutión 160/2018 notes that IVECO Argentina SA has been assisting with the provision of information in support of qualifications to be applied to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles imported into the country. Likewise, Scania Argentina SA is assisting with documentation for imported trucks powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), proposed for use in Argentina’s western Province of Mendoza (the home of Argentina’s renowned Malbec wine).
Inclusion of Standards
As part of the technology considerations for the new regulation, ENARGAS is referencing international standards including but not limited to:
UNECE R-110 — Uniform provisions concerning the approval of :
I. specific components of motor vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) in their propulsion system;
II. vehicles with regard to the installation of specific components of an approved type for the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in their propulsion system
ISO 15500 — Road vehicles — Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system components
ISO 14469 — Road vehicles — Compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling connector
ISO 11439 — Gas cylinders — High pressure cylinders for the on-board storage of natural gas as a fuel for automotive vehicles
ISO 12991 — Liquefied natural gas (LNG) — Tanks for on-board storage as a fuel for automotive vehicles
ISO 12614 — Road vehicles — Liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel system components
ISO 12617 — Road vehicles — Liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling connector — 3,1 MPa connector
ISO 19078 — Gas cylinders — Inspection of the cylinder installation, and requalification of high pressure cylinders for the on-board storage of natural gas as a fuel for automotive vehicles
ANSI NGV1-2017 — Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Fueling Connection Devices
Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) (2014/68/EU)
Resolution 160/2018 can be accessed here (Spanish only).
Source: Government of Argentina National Gas Regulator