Sánchez also confirmed the purchase of land in Piura and, moreover, they are closing the purchase of another lot in Chiclayo. Gascop is also in negotiations with private investors interested in a third CNG station in each city. For his part, Pineda said Irsagas (which has a workshop in Piura and is about to open one in Chiclayo) is negotiating to take gas not only to the north but also to the centre of the country.
It is important to mention that the northern region has six workshops (four in Piura and two in Chiclayo) and that the average conversion is three to four vehicles daily per workshop, detailed Gascop’s manager. Furthermore, there is an average of 50 conversions per month at this early stage, according to Irsagas executive, although they expect to achieve 70 conversions in December.
Since the introduction of CNG use in November 2005 to present, more than 100,000 vehicles have been converted to natural gas and 105,000 is the figure expected to reach later this year. To celebrate this achievement, the Peruvian Chamber for NGV (CPGNV, as in its Spanish acronym) held an event where the owners of the vehicles 100,000 and 100,001 were awarded and acknowledged.
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