In order to reach agreements on CNG fueling infrastructure for public transport vehicles, president of Transbolívar Julio Almeida headed a working group meeting attended by Gilmer Noriega, manager of Pdvsa Gas in Guayana district; Jose Figueroa, manager of filling stations in Guayana; and representatives of the fueling sites located in Caroní municipality.
Transbolívar’s fleet consists of 177 buses, 65 of which are natural gas powered, and is responsible for providing public transport service in Caroní municipality; that is the reason why Almeida highlighted the importance of having filling stations in operation. “The natural gas engine units require fuel supply at least twice a day, and their estimated filling time is up to 30 minutes. The idea is to provide solutions for the operator’s growing fleet, since it is expected that 100 new CNG buses will arrive in Bolívar by the end of December,” he said.
Similarly, he added, there are filling stations that are not ready to receive Yutong buses due to its size. “The entire natural gas fleet of Transbolívar is located in Puerto Ordaz,” he explained, and then asked Pdvsa Gas to perform controls and the upgrades necessary to optimize daily filling procedures, contributing to the work conducted by Bolivar state governor towards public services enhancements.
“Currently, Transbolívar transports 37,000 passengers daily between across Caroní, Heres and Upata municipalities. The aim is to continue growing and reach every corner of the state, offering a safe, comfortable and high quality service,” stated Almeida.
He also mentioned that the project for the installation of a Transbolívar’s own natural gas fueling station is successfully ongoing and has the support of Pdvsa Autogas.
Source: Government of Bolivar State.