The Regional Governor of Cusco, located to the north in the Peruvian Andes, has issued Regional Executive Resolution No. 306-2015-GR CUSCO / GR as of May 28, 2015, whereby it instructs the Regional Directorate of Energy and Mines to commence a project for the “Installation, Service and Promotion of Natural Gas Vehicles”. The resolution, signed by Ing. Edwin Licona Licona, Regional Governor, forms part of the multi-million dollar KALLPA GAS Project which is charged with laying natural gas pipeline to Cusco and other inland regions.
This measure will enable the Regional Office of Energy and Mines – DREM – to assume greater authority for expanding the use of natural gas across the Cusco region, also generating new hydrocarbon projects for the benefit of the entire regional population.
A pilot phase has been launched in Cusco, testing to ensure this type of vehicle will meet the demands of altitude and geography before promotion and adoption of CNG fuel and technology can get underway. The test vehicle is a Chinese import, the 1498cc Brilliance H230 small sedan converted to CNG. Three tours have been designed to test a cross section of likely operating conditions:
- Tour 1 – Sacsayhuaman, on the outskirts of Cusco. Elevation 3,701 m. or 12,000 feet;
- Tour 2 – Cusco-Quillabamba, including Abra Malaga, a mountain pass. Elevation 4,316 m. or 14,160 feet; and
- Tour 3 – Cusco-San Pablo (district of the province of Canchis).
(Source: Regional Directorate of Energy and Mines of the Regional Government of Cusco)