As part of the build-up to ANGVA’s 4th Natural Gas for Vehicles Conference & Exhibition for Asia-Pacific in Beijing, October 18-20, ANGVA kicked off the Green Highways 2011 (AGH2011) Southern Route on 12th July 2011 in Jakarta. The AGH2011’s torch and scroll was handed over from Team Indonesia to Team Singapore during the Flag off ceremony. ANGVA also held a Roundtable Forum over 12-13 July to discuss Effective Strategies to Push Indonesia’s CNG/NGV Program Successfully beyond 2011, attended by around 90 participants.
ANGVA explains that in Indonesia the heartbeat of the CNG and NGV industry currently lies in Jakarta, Surabaya and Palembang, with more cities close to implementing similar initiatives in years to come. Over the last 2 years, Indonesia has seen a rapid growth in its CNG and NGV uptake, with investment opportunities including bus rapid transport, coal transport and light & heavy duty vehicles.
The next event of the Green Highways Program was on 15th July 2011, when the Team Singapore Flag Off ceremony was held at Smart Energy’s Mandai CNG station, Singapore and the handover to Team Malaysia was held in the afternoon of the same day at Petronas Tampoi 3 station, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
ANGVA is now looking forward to the launch of the Western Route in Tehran on the 24th of July, during the CNGV Conference, IRAN NGV 2011, 24-26 July.
The date for the Flag-off in Japan, the starting point for the Eastern Route, is yet to be confirmed. This route is significant as the Japanese team will ensure the delivery of the Friendship Scroll and Torch to Donghae, South Korea – the site of the 3rd ANGVA Conference and Exhibition in 2009.
The Green Highway program aims to draw attention to the benefits of natural gas vehicle transportation along the various Asian routes, by involving local and regional NGV industry representatives, political and corporate, along the way. The event culminates in the arrival of the NGV cavalcade in Beijing in time for ANGVA 2011.
(This article primarily compiled using information from ANGVA).