The Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy (MHE) has reported on progress with the second phase of natural gas conversions for a targeted 21,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs), which got off to a slower than expected start. Improved capacity in equipment and conversion capabilities, however, has allowed for better allocation of equipment and therefore a higher conversion rate is expected, explained Carlos Asport, National Executive Director of the Implementing Entity Conversion to CNG. “Given that we have the necessary number of teams we will be able to overcome this issue, we hope to reach 30,000 vehicles,” he said.
A recent report on the natural gas sector released by Promigás, a Colombian group comprising 12 transport and fuel distribution companies, noted the number of NGVs in the country had grown to 324,515 at the end of 2010, up from just 6,759 in 2000. The report also stated 107,117 NGVs were operating in Bogota, Colombia’s capital and largest city.
Colombia’s rapid growth of NGVs makes it the eighth largest in the world.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Ministerio de Hidrocarburos & Energia press release)