Bolivia Converts Thousands of Vehicles to CNG Jan-Jun 2013

| Bolivia

Bolivia’s Director of the Implementing Entity Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV), Hernan Vega, has reported that in the first six months of 2013 about 15,000 vehicles were converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) operation nationwide, 60% from the private sector and the rest from the public sector. Vega explained that CNG conversions executed during this period required an investment of USD 10 million.

The Director also explained that his Agency invests around BOB 120 million (USD 17.4 million) in the annual Bolivian conversion program, an amount that is subsidized with an additional charge of BOB 0.20 cents per cubic meter CNG at the filling station. Conversions are carried out for free.

The Agency has 107 CNG conversion workshops located in six departments: 42 in La Paz, 27 in Santa Cruz, 28 in Cochabamba, Oruro, 4 in Chuquisaca and 2 in Potosi.

According to the Director, CNG offers four key benefits to users: to save money on fuel, reduces pollution, helps maintain the engine and is a safe fuel for transporting passengers.

(Source: Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, Bolivia)

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