Bonett Gas Investment retained its position as the largest CNG vendor in the Czech Republic in 2016, and has the most extensive Czech network of fueling stations. The company sold 7.5 million m3 of CNG, up by almost 13% year-on-year. It will also plans to expand the network to include ten new natural gas stations at the Makro/Metro Cash & Carry hypermarkets petrol stations.
“Low prices of conventional fuels competed with CNG throughout 2016, but our and others’ results show that CNG is becoming increasingly popular and not only amongst businesses,” said Václav Holovčák, Bonett Gas Investment Vice-Chairman. The continued rollout of the company’s proprietary fueling station network also helped to achieve another record-breaking year.
“We opened additional new stations; at the end of 2016, we operated 24 stations and we want to have 40 stations by the end of 2017,” said Holovčák. “We expect sales to the tune of 10 million m3 of natural gas from our stations. We have opened additional new CNG stations at an OMV station in Havlíčkův Brod and at a Shell station in Hodonín, and are currently investing in CNG stations in the Makro/Metro hypermarket chain.”
This year, Bonett wants to invest another up to CZK 150 million in building new and reinforcing and upgrading existing stations. “We are also considering the development of our own LNG projects and a major biomethane production plant as a source of renewable natural gas,” explained Holovčák.
Bonett took a 13% share of the total CNG consumption in the Czech Republic, which in 2016 amounted to almost 60 million m3, i.e. a record volume; the 13% share is the largest among all the entities that operate with CNG for transport. “We expect the market to grow by up to 30% this year. Our company promotes the growth in CNG consumption through a system of special discounts for municipalities and the central government, and potentially for other CNG users. This support should help set the market in motion,” added Holovčák.