The National Gas Regulatory Entity (ENARGAS) reported that through Resolution No. 432/2021 it approved NAG-452 for the authorization of heavy duty vehicles, produced in Argentine territory, powered by natural gas.
The objective of this new norm is to establish the procedure to enable the use and supply of natural gas as fuel in vehicles destined to the transport of passengers or cargo, from the moment of its production in the country until the subsequent controls, even after its commercialization. For this reason, NAG-452 is aimed at regulating a new pole of demand for natural gas, which will entail the development of technologies with high added value and the generation of new sources of jobs with the use of qualified labor.
The new standard was carried out with the purpose of promoting and facilitating policies aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the road transport service for passengers or cargo, in terms of healthier mobility due to the reduction of gaseous and noise polluting emissions, particularly valuable in areas of high urban concentration and due to the decrease in logistics costs, with the use of a fuel with a lower price.
In addition, it intends to promote a safe and rational use of energy, taking into account the use of certified technologies through national regulations, international and regional standards and countries with recognized experience in the matter.
The resolution establishes that every Manufacturer of Vehicles Powered by Natural Gas as fuel (FVPGN) must register as such in the Registry of Qualifying License Plates (RMH), complying with all the requirements already established for that figure. It also determines that all FVPGN must present and keep in force the corresponding certifications issued by a Certification Body recognized by ENARGAS, as the intervening Certification Body.
This scheme also rescues the possibility of encouraging a competitive resource at scale, such as natural gas production in the Neuquén and Austral basins, now driven by investments in unconventional geological areas.