It is expected that NGVs will form the new mass transit
Natural gas powered buses are exhibited and tested on Arequipa’s streets
Through the agreement signed between the provincial government of Arequipa and Cofide, 14 state-of-the-art 12-meter CNG-fueled vehicles, which have the capacity of transporting 60 passengers, are being introduced in this Peruvian city. Six of them will be performing tests over the next two days throughout the districts of Cayma, Alto Selva Alegre, Cerro Colorado and Socabaya.
Apart from these free of charge journeys, the vehicles will be on display in the CNG Buses Exhibition held in the Cerro Juli trade fair. The show opens today at Plaza de Armas square and it will take place until June 3.
The purpose of these activities sponsored by Cofide is to show bus operators the vehcicles they could acquire to deploy across the feeder roads of the upcoming public transport system, locally known as SIT. The financing corporation also seeks to explain what the benefits of compressed natural gas for vehicles are. The buses will undergo test on uphill paths to be evaluated by specialists from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, reported local media.
Moreover, NGV-related companies such as Pegaco, PGN, Neogás, Araper, Gildemeister, Modasa, Sinomaq, AGP, Global Bus and Bureau Veritas are carrying out technical training sessions, in addition to the exhibition. During the event, manager of Cofide Arequipa Daniel Manrique Alarcón said that the main objective of the initiative is to change the energy grid to natural gas fuel system in the short term.
In turn, Petroperú representative Rudy Mendoza Porta stated when taking part in the exhibition opening ceremony: "It is expected that CNG for the SIT operations will hit the city by the end of the year. If everything goes alright, LNG would reach the region within two years and the gas pipeline network in five years".