Yesterday, Gas Natural Fenosa, private investors of Nuevo León and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) unveiled their alliance to make possible the construction of two new refueling stations, which will be located in the municipalities of Santa Catarina and Monterrey. At the same time, they announced the addition of 170 CNG buses to be built by Hyundai, which will join the 80 transport vehicles already in service for the Ecovía BRT.
As a result of this initiative, Monterrey will become the city with the country’s largest NGV infrastructure, since the metropolitan area will have six CNG stations in operation, including the two projected ones, and 250 buses, including the Ecovía fleet and the 170 vehicles ordered.
The pilot project was unveiled at a joint conference led by Guillermo Cueva Sada, federal delegate of SEMARNAT in Nuevo León; Fernando Gutiérrez, Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State Government; and René Sánchez Medina, director of Industrial Market and Energy Solutions of Gas Natural Fenosa.
The two filling stations to be built will entail an investment of 50 million pesos (USD 3.8 million), while Gas Natural Fenosa will invest an additional 10 million (USD 763,000 approximately) in infrastructure to transport the natural gas to the fueling sites. In Monterrey there are currently four filling facilities in operation, two of which provide with the fuel to the Ecovía buses. In total, there are 12 CNG station in service around Mexico.
The new 170 natural gas buses manufactured by Hyundai will serve 10 urban routes in the metropolitan area of Monterrey. In Mexico, there are currently in service 250 public transport vehicles using CNG as a fuel, of which 120 are operating in Mexico City, 50 in Guadalajara and 80 in Monterrey (Ecovía BRT). With the newly plan introduced, Nuevo León would become the Mexican state with the largest fleet of natural gas vehicles, with 250 buses.