Santa Cruz Municipalities Convert Public Transport to CNG

| Bolivia

Pursuant to agreements with the Central Transport Cooperative of Puerto Quijarro and the Transport Workers Union of Puerto Suarez, municipalities in the Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Implementing Entity for Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV) has commenced another regional program for the conversion of public transport vehicles.

The Executive Director of the Entity, Hernan Vega, said that with the start of the program in both regions “is being fulfilled within the policy of changing the energy mix, contributing to reducing the use of liquid fuels while generating savings for the state.”

The NGV conversion enable beneficiaries participating in the program to save over 50% in operating costs: a liter of petrol costs BOB 3.74 (USD 0.54) while a litre equivalent of CNG costs BOB 1.66 (USD 0.24).

Signed agreements are in place to carry out 1,000 vehicle conversions in Puerto Quijarro and 700 conversions in Puerto Suarez. In both cases, the entire procedure will be free of charge. The CNG kit, cylinder, installation and payment authorized repairers will be covered entirely by the government of President Evo Morales by resources from the CNG Conversion Fund.

(This article compiled using information from the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy)

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