The CNG fueling facility was inaugurated yesterday at Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) site in Campo Norte, San Tomé, in the southern region of the state. The infrastructure project, which involved an investment of 34 million bolivars (about USD 5.5 million), will serve Yutong buses assigned to the municipalities of Simón Rodríguez and Guanipa and also the internal fleet owned by the state oil company, which has 70 vehicles.
According to the Superintendent of Transportation, Pdvsa Ayacucho Division, Pedro Fernández, the station was installed as a result of an agreement between Argentina and Venezuela related to NGV sector, and it has eight pumps with a capacity to serve one vehicle in 13 minutes, El Tiempo website reported today.
Mayor of Guanipa Pedro Martínez explained that this fueling site would help gain four hours in public transport service, since the buses had had to travel to the town of Anaco for refueling natural gas. He added that there are plans to open another station with similar characteristics, which will enable the acquisition of new buses to operate over the communities located in the south.
As published by Mundo Oriental, Yutong bus fleet powered by natural gas serving in the area consists of 15 units, five in Guanipa and 10 in Simón Rodríguez, although local authorities are planning to buy new ones. Pedro Fernández also said that Pdvsa had already started to install the second fueling station, which would be located in Campo Sur, San Tomé.