According to María Fernanda Martínez, Manager of Natural Gas for Vehicles of the National Gas Regulatory Entity (Enargas), CNG will contribute to industrial growth, better logistics and more employment. “This development is a project built to value all the potential that Vaca Muerta radiates, fostering a stable volume of demand for natural gas and promoting productive, technological and industrial growth,” she said in an interview with the news agency Télam.
In this sense, Enargas is working on the development of the so-called CNG Green Corridor, with a list of strategic routes for heavy and public transport that include all access highways to the City of Buenos Aires, the Ezeiza-Cañuelas highways, the La Plata highway and Highway 2. The national highways 7, 9, 12 and 14 are also included, as well as routes 3, 5, 8, 11, 19, 20, 22, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 105, 158, 174, 188, 226 and 231.
Thus, the coverage of the corridors will be extended to the areas of Argentina with the highest circulation and heavy traffic of goods (the Pampas) and, likewise, will allow the Northeast and Patagonia to be effectively incorporated into this new process of space integration.
“From an economic perspective, CNG is substantially less expensive than other Euro fuels, which present the same performance qualities in transport use,” explained Martínez, noting that Argentina has more than 2,000 CNG filling stations that supply more than 500 towns and cities in 20 provinces.
“We believe that this development agenda for CNG Green Corridors will result in greater possibilities for industrial growth, greater employment and better conditions to improve logistics and integration in a country as large as ours. The most important thing is that it will improve the situation of foreign currency outflow from imported energy, as is currently the case,” she commented.
“In this way, it is estimated that a list of CNG stations that could supply the growing fleet of heavy and medium vehicles, vans and buses for passenger transport will be released soon,” she added.