The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce plans to install 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations nationwide, said the recently appointed director of the Technical Office of Land Transport (OTTT), Julio Horton. Starting the first 20 installations in the coming weeks, the program is part of a commitment made with the private sector by President Leonel Fernandez. The OTTT director made the announcement before more than 70 representatives of federations and unions of drivers in the Northern Zone, in the city of Santiago, the country’s second largest city.
Also reported is the commencement of a program in October to convert 16,000 public transport vehicles to CNG. “With natural gas fuel, [operators] will save more than 60%, contributing to a better quality of life for their families,” Horton said. The government will assume the cost of the conversions via its natural gas subsidy program (Bonogas), subject to the work being carried out in certified workshops and the approval of the OTTT
(This article compiled using information from an Oficina Técnica de Transporte Terrestre (OTTT) press release.)