On March 11, the conferences’ opening session of AltFuels Mexico 2019 took place at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. The President of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas for Vehicles, GNC, LNG and Biogas (AMGNV) Andrés Bayona was one of authorities in charge of opening the conferences and estimated that this year Mexico will reach 100 natural gas stations, with an investment of U$S65 million, which would mean to triple the current infrastructure of 35 refueling facilities.
“There are projects throughout the country, from Tijuana to Mérida. There is an important development of natural gas infrastructure,” said the president of the association. Bayona explained that expanding the refueling network can develop new conversion workshops, importers of equipment and cylinders and generate employment, “with more than 200,000 jobs throughout the supply chain.”
The executive assured that the country has a high potential to promote the use of natural gas as a substitute for gasoline and diesel, and proposed a conversion program of at least 10% of the vehicle fleet, which would reduce the import of fuels, cut polluting emissions and generate direct savings to users of 50%, among other benefits, so he urged the authorities to discuss the issue.
“Reviewing the current consumption, with a 10-year CNG conversion program that reaches 10% of the current Mexican automotive fleet of nearly 45 million vehicles, our country could replace the import of 230,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel per day,” Bayona stated.
The actions required to realize this project are: supporting a massive program for the use of natural gas in all federal entities inclined to its use, accelerating the approvals of new NGV projects, implementing a single window for NGV projects, and maintaining the current conditions of free market.