Two months after starting operations in Guadalajara, Querétaro-based Natgas, which already operated a CNG station in the region, plans the opening of an additional facilityt in 2018 and a total of seven in the metropolitan area by 2022, with an investment exceeding 200 million pesos. The company’s founder and CEO, Josué Hernández Tapia, told local media El Economista that the second CNG station, planned for this year, will be located in Guadalajara and will have the capacity to supply up to 300 buses.
“We designed it to anticipate all the main routes that the government of Jalisco intends to launch this year with the new transit model (…) The development of infrastructure can generate the conditions to follow the plan that was originally designed, that with the new model all the vehicles were powered by natural gas,” said the company’s CEO.
In addition, he recalled that the municipal government of Guadalajara announced that in 2018 all of its vehicle fleet in the security area will operate with CNG, so according to the company’s projections, the market for this sector will continue to grow. In this regard, he said that, in addition to the environmental benefits, the governments also take into account economic savings that involves the use of natural gas in official vehicles.
For to Hernández Tapia, even when the company adjusts its prices upwards according to inflation, the rates are still 50% lower compared to gasoline and diesel. “This increase in gasoline prices is affecting more and more the carriers; so there is a stronger demand from the transporters for the government to support this type of projects,” he said.
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