The ceremony was chaired by the Minister and included the participation of the regional presidents Alfredo Oscorima Núñez (Ayacucho), Jorge Acurio Tito (Cusco) and Maciste Díaz Abad (Huancavelica), as well as representatives from other regions.
Merino Tafur reported that this meeting had been organized to explain the roles of the sectors involved, including regional governments, the electricity distribution companies, Osinergmin, the concessionaire, Cofide and the Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM), which is the official body in charge of the proposed project.
In a first stage, it is expected that 60,000 homes will be connected to the natural gas network, whereas 15,000 vehicles will be retrofitted to use CNG.
During his speech, the Minister Tafur revealed that Graña y Montero, concessionaire of the project, should install all the equipment required to transport the natural gas in six month. The cities will have concluded with fuel distribution networks in about a year.
On October 17, 2013 the Federal Government, represented by the MEM, signed the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Gas Natural Comprimido Andino S.A.C. to provide with CNG to vehicles and natural gas to residential users, small businesses, schools and hospitals. The estimated investment required for the project is US$ 85 million.
Source: Ministry of Energy and Mining of Peru.