Temporary Closure of NGV Stations to improve natural gas quality
Thailand’s energy giant, PTT has temporarily closed 38 compressed natural gas refuelling stations in 8 provinces in an effort to improve gas quality dispensed at the stations. The closure applies to NGV stations in the suburb areas of Bangkok and the eastern part of Thailand, and started from 24 July 2010. The stations are expected to be reopened within the early of October this year.
PTT has undertaken public education and contingency measures to assist vehicle operators during the temporary closure, including the publication of guidebooks that give information about NGV stations in the affected service areas. NGV users, especially fleet owners, were advised to receive services from nearby NGV conventional stations, in which the gas improvement system has already been installed. PTT has also maximized the production capacity of NGV mother stations to increase volume transported to the daughter stations.
At present, there are 193,000 vehicles using natural gas as a fuel (as of 27 July 2010) and 411 service stations. Natural gas consumption is 5,000 tons per day, which is 4% of the total natural gas consumption.