Bolivia’s Director of the Implementing Entity Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV), Hernán Vega, continues the compulsory five year inspection of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders. The inspection is free, and cylinders deemed unsafe or have reached the 20-year life cycle are replaced at no cost to the user. Priority is currently being given to 3,661 cylinders of vehicles which have been prevented from refueling by the National Agency of Hydrocarbons due to the age of the tanks.
The Director explains EEC-GNV has “workshops in Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija and Sucre and the whole procedure is completely free, even if the cylinder has a fault, a new one is provided for free.”
Paint is stripped from the cylinders for external physical inspection and they are then tested with specialized ultrasound. After passing these examinations a hydraulic pressure test is performed to determine if the cylinder still has five years of useful life.
The requisites to gain access to the free requalification of CNG cylinders for are:
- photocopy of the owner’s identification
- photocopy of RUAT (Registro de Usuarios de Asistencia Tecnica – User’s Record of Technical Assistance) of the vehicle
- photocopy of SOAT (Seguro Obligatorio de Accidentes de Tránsito – Compulsory Accident Insurance) of the vehicle
- photocopy of water or electricity consumption at domestic address, and
- letter of request directed to the EEC-GNV
All are to be sent to nearest the EEC-GNV regional office located throughout the country.