In keeping with the policy of changing the country’s energy matrix, 30,477 free conversions of vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) were carried out under the management of the Implementing Entity for Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles (EEC-GNV). Conversions were completed in the departments of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Sucre and Potosí, for public transportation vehicle fleets, both state and private. The Agency says using natural gas to replace liquid fuels strengthens the changing energy mix, preserves the environment and allows vehicle owners to reduce operating costs for carriers.
89.4% of the NGV conversion program has now been completed. The conversion is free — the cost for the CNG kit, cylinder, installation and authorized repairers is fully covered by the government, through the EEC-GNV scheme. Conversion technology is imported from Italy, while CNG cylinders are manufactured and imported from Brazil.
The Programs of Transport Conversion to Natural Gas Vehicles and Requalification and Restoration of Cylinders of Natural Gas Vehicles, maintains a total of 3,000 direct and indirect jobs per year, through the hiring of skilled labor in the 135 conversion workshops in the departments of La Paz (46), Cochabamba (37), Santa Cruz (32), Oruro (6), Chuquisaca (5) and Potosi (3) and 6 Requalification workshops, Cochabamba (5) and La Paz (1).
Natural gas is a clean vehicle fuel compared with other fuels such as gasoline and diesel, economical because it reduces the cost of operation, safe because it is lighter than air and in case of accidental leakage rises and dissipates in the atmosphere without causing explosive concentrations.
(This article compiled using information from the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy)