According to a press release from Gas Natural Fenosa, during the first half of 2014, 9.691 vehicles were converted to CNG, representing 17% more than the same period last year, when the figure reached 8,307. “More and more people and companies are aware of the environmental, social and economic benefits of using natural gas in transport and have also benefited from the savings as a result of the implementation of such clean fuel solutions,” analyzed René Perea, CNG commercial director at the energy company.
So far, the country has accumulated 482,312 conversions to natural gas, 162,219 of which were conducted in Bogotá.
Regarding the fuel infrastructure, there are more than 800 filling stations in 43 cities and 30 municipalities of Colombia. In the capital city and its areas of influence (Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Santander), the CNG supply network has 168 refueling sites, of which 65 are in service under Gas Natural Fenosa brand.
The company, in partnership with Ecopetrol, provides a subsidy of about 2.2 million pesos (55% of the total conversion cost) for the conversion of a vehicle with 5th generation equipment, while the consumer must contribute 1.8 million pesos, which could be paid through the home natural gas bill by up to 24 installments.