The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) has opened a CNG filling station at its Port of Spain Depot. Other partners involved in the construction and opening of this new facility are NGC CNG (a special purpose state company and a subsidiary of the NGC Group of Companies) and NP (state-owned petroleum company).
“The ability to refuel on our premises has several logistical benefits. One such benefit is time efficiency. The commissioning of this permanent facility removes the need for PTSC buses to be fueled externally or at PTSC’s smaller and temporary CNG station. The increase number of buses that are now able to be fueled at the Port of Spain Depot reduces wait time thereby increasing productivity. Choosing CNG also gave us an option of lower costs and cleaner fuel for the environment,” said Chairman of the PTSC, Edwin Gooding.
In 2014, PTSC purchased natural gas 35 buses that were fueled by the temporary station and the fleet was expanded to 25 in 2018 and then again in 2020, adding 12 buses. “The fueling of our buses marks phase one of this initiative while phase two will deal with servicing Government vehicles and maxi taxis,” Gooding noted.
“We expect with the rising cost of liquid fuels, people’s transportation usage will adjust. An increasing number of people may opt to use public transport even those who own personal vehicles, an opportunity for both PTSC, stakeholders in the maxi taxi business and NGC CNG,” commented Acting President of NGC CNG Sheldon Sylvester.
In the last seven years, NGC CNG had installed compression, storage and dispensing with state-of-the-art fast filling equipment at 11 active public refueling sites.