"This is the year of CNG," Minister of Energy stated
Gas Natural Fenosa and ExxonMobil team up to expand station network in Colombia
The alliance will allow the number of refueling points to grow from 48 to 64 and, as a consequence, nearly 125,000 vehicles running around Bogotá will a have greater availability of fuel. Yesterday, during the presentation of the agreement between the companies last mentioned, Minister Mauricio Cárdenas said: "We have enough natural gas to put more natural gas vehicles on the road. Besides, by replacing gasoline or diesel, we are contributing not only to the user's savings but to the environment protection.”
The head of the Ministry of Mines and Energy added that NGV users pay at least 50% less for filling than gasoline powered vehicles.
Cárdenas described 2012 as "the year of natural gas" and stressed that there was a significant growth between last year and the current one in terms of natural gas conversions: while in 2011 only 4,000 vehicles were fitted to run on CNG, so far this year that figure has risen to 7,000 conversions. He reported that in Colombia there are 380,000 NGVs in operation, 40% percent of them running over Bogotá.
Since Gas Natural Fenosa and ExxonMobil have forged an alliance, both companies are re-identifying stations with excellent locations in the capital city, extensive facilities and state-of-the-art fueling equipment, which are currently owned and operated by Grupo EDS Autogas, one of the main ExxonMobil’s trading partners in the fuel retail sector around Colombia.
It is worth mentioning that there are over 650 CNG fueling stations in 44 cities across the country, 125 of them installed in Bogotá.