“While currently 15 percent of the cost of diesel is being subsidized, CNG does not generate this tax burden to the state accounts,” said Naturgas chairman Eduardo Pizano, and explained that the aim is not only to promote financial savings but also to encourage a cleaner transportation fuel.
As Naturgas executive informed to Colombian newspaper “Portafolio”, NGVs should be the main option for local authorities as CNG emissions are clearly less pollutant. “But while the country has improved in recent years the coverage of natural gas for domestic and industrial use and for private cars, taxis and minibuses, it is not the same situation when it comes to the integrated mass transport systems,” he highlighted.
Nowadays, expectations are placed on Metroplus, Medellin transportation system, which will start operating with 261 gas-powered buses and then will be adding more units, said Pizano. On the other hand, NGV industry expects to move along with the government in order to finally decree the regulation that aims to seek more uniform contracts for gas sale.