Campaign to give impetus to local NGV market
Mexican businessmen join efforts to encourage natural gas consumption
The Mexican Association of Natural Gas (AMGN, in its Spanish acronym) raised the need to develop a program that promotes the use of natural gas vehicles in the country with the main intention of reducing gasoline and diesel imports. Besides that, sector leading figures also seek to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution around the city, while CNG would lower the cost of vehicle maintenance and drivers would save about 30% on fuel consumption.
"Pemex imports 50 percent of gasoline domestic consumption (793,000 barrels per day) and 27 percent of diesel (387,000 bpd)," said AMGN president Agustín Humann Adame, who led a press conference together with René Sánchez, who is Gas Natural Fenosa’s Industrial Market and Energy Solutions manager.
In Mexico, the NGV market is still incipient. There are 3,000 vehicles that have been converted to the system, whereas there are six CNG refueling stations, concentrated in Mexico City and Monterrey, although Morelia’s first filling point
has been recently opened as well.
According to local media reports, Sánchez stated: "It is important to start building a CNG usage culture, whether through the acquisition of factory-built NGVs or the conversion of the existing fleets. Worldwide experiences show that natural gas is an interesting alternative for transport, due to their safety, low pollution levels and, especially, for its good price."
Meanwhile, Humann Adame stated: "If 500,000 taxis were converted to CNG (with an average consumption of 20 liters on a daily commute of 200 kilometers), there would be approximately three billion gallons of gasoline consumption replaced a year. This alternative would not only enable a major improvement in city’s air quality but also generate a total of 750-900 million dollars in savings to the nation."