Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and Natgas have opened the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling station in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes, part of a network of four stations that is intended to open in the State (of the same name) for an investment of 125 million pesos (USD 6.75 million), reports local news source Hidrocálidodigital.
This station is a part of a set of 18 CNG stations that are planned to commence operations in the region from next year. The stations that make up this expansion plan include four in the State of San Luis Potosi, nine in Guanajuato and four more in Aguascalientes, explained René Sánchez, responsible for energy solutions and mobility at GNF.
During the opening ceremony, Sánchez reiterated the many benefits derived from using natural gas vehicles (NGV): savings of 50 percent compared to gasoline, elongation of engine life, and comparable performance to conventional fueled vehicles. CO2 emissions are reduced by 25 percent, thereby generating important environmental improvements because it does not emit toxic gases or harmful particles. For example, the conversion of 10,000 vehicles to CNG avoids the generation of 84,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, the GNF spokesperson said.
GNF’s vision for 2020 is to achieve the construction of 52 CNG service stations, either their own or with strategic alliances, as in the case of Natgas.