Through Resolution 143/2020, the National Gas Regulatory Entity (ENARGAS) announced the creation of the CNG Vending Users Commission that will operate within the Agency. The members that make it up must be CNG filling stations, to the extent that they accredit this character, without prejudice to the grouping modality that they adopt. The new commission will consist of a representative by group, association and/or chamber that groups the CNG stations and by the representatives of ENARGAS that are necessary in order to the subject matter to be dealt with.
“We have been empowering ENARGAS citizenship since the very beginning of this administration, committed to the guidelines that the National Executive dictated to us in order to protect the rights of users,” said Federico Bernal, Controller of ENARGAS.
With this objective, the Agency has been working on the creation of different commissions to which the CNG Vending Users Commission is now added. It will be chaired by the head of the User Protection Management Héctor Maya, who will be able to act for himself or appoint a representative.
With the support of the provisions of Law No. 24,076 and Decree No. 278/20 ENARGAS creates the CNG Vending Users Commission to generate a communication link where issues related to the interests and rights of nucleated users will be channeled in said commission. The proposals that arise there will not be binding for ENARGAS.
In turn, the Commission will select, for each ENARGAS Delegation and before the Subdelegations to be created, a representative to act before them. These designations will be notified to ENARGAS, as well as any changes that may be resolved in this regard. It should be noted that all the members of the Commission will work in an honorary capacity.
The launch of the new Commission is the consolidation of an initiative that was born in May, when Bernal proposed to the representatives of the entities that bring together CNG vending users, to create a joint workspace. The proposal was subsequently taken up within the SME Commission, in whose scope various CNG stations expressed the advisability of creating a separate commission to meet the specificities of the sector.
Resolution 143/2020 invites the Secretariat of Energy and the Secretariat of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurs, both dependent on the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation, to attend the meetings to take cognizance of the proposals made in the committee’s working groups and channel the actions it deems pertinent in their respective areas of action. To this end, each body is empowered to designate a representative.
Also, the National Congress, through the proposals formulated by their respective Chambers, may attend the meetings of the commission, by appointing a representative.
Likewise, the Gas Distributors Association (ADIGAS) may be present at the meetings of the Commission as an observer, through a representative who acts as a vehicle for immediate communication with the members of its Association, regarding those questions or decisions that are raised at the work table.
Finally, one of the powers of the new commission will be dictating its own operating regulations, which will be brought to the attention of ENARGAS for approval.