One of those new fueling sites will be located in the city of São José, as included in the investment plan. Currently, there are 27 CNG filling stations in Grande Florianópolis mesoregion, while there are 108 more distributed in other regions of this Brazilian state.
“We are negotiating the opening of a new fueling station on the island of Santa Catarina for the first half of next year, because we realize that there is a demand,” said Ronaldo Lopes, coordinator of the automotive division of the company.
At the same time, the Gas Company of Santa Catarina (SCGás) has adopted an aggressive strategy to boost CNG sales in the state. Using its own resources, the company reduced R$ 0.13 the value on the fuel sold to distributors and thereby make compressed natural gas more competitive.
Refueling stations are free to set the final price of the fuel, but the average reduction in the Grande Florianópolis mesoregion is 13.5%. SCGás action began on July 17 and is scheduled to continue until end of year. “CNG has always been competitive, but we understand that this is a good time to bring compressed natural gas consumption to another level,” commented Lopes.
After the action was taken, between the 17th and the 31st of July, SCGás registered 6.2% growth in sales compared to the same period last month. “Our expectation is that the figure will rise at around 10%,” said the executive.