Chairman of the National Association of Private Oil Marketers (Asosur Bolivia) Moisés Hidalgo explained that the gradual growing demand is a result of the accelerated process that aims to change current energy grid. This progression has been registered during the last two years, he said, mainly in the departments Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija, where there are 122 of the total 150 dispensing points.
Regarding Tarija supplying network, Hidalgo highlighted that in April 2004 there were only two CNG stations, which could not cover the demand. In turn, private investors bet on installing four more points. “This is to guarantee the dispensing of the 7,000 NGVs running on this department,” he detailed, and added that two more pumps are under construction.
There will be also new facilities in Santa Cruz: one is Cañoto station, whose construction started a few weeks ago and involves an investment of U$S 500,000; another filling point will be La Chorrera, a project created to satisfy the minibuses drivers demand. Administration in charge revealed this initiative –involving U$S 1 million- is reaching the 60% of the complete process and it is expected to be finished by the end of July.
Manager of Gas Networks at YPFB in Santa Cruz Alejandro Rei pointed out that there are currently 63 CNG fuelling stations working in the department (out of a total of 143 dispensing points) and that the operational scheme also includes building two stretches of local gas pipeline in Santa Cruz, of 7 and 21 kilometers respectively, to guarantee local supplying.