The Government of Bolivar State reported that the construction of the transit operator’s CNG site in the courtyard of its maintenance center will start this week. In order to optimize internal processes and to enhance public transport service, this project has the support of Pdvsa Autogas and will help supply 60 buses powered by natural gas.
The contractor Sevteoca will be responsible for the execution of the work, which includes the construction of a fueling point and the installation of a compressor with two dispensers.
Pdvsa Autogas engineer Vladimir Rojas said that once the construction is finished, the filling plan will be defined, only after the training of the personnel in charge of certifying consumption control. Besides, the proper distribution of the units in the yard in order to ensure the safety of personnel and facilities will be guaranteed.
Transbolívar Projects coordinator Simón Marín commented: “This would represent an important step for the company, since it will be the first operator in the country to have its own fuel supply.”
To have a proprietary fueling station will allow Transbolívar to make the filling process independent, significantly reducing the waiting time, which is currently about 35 minutes, not including the route to the stations and back. “Completion of the project would take the company to a 100% efficiency state, as it is expected that the filling time will not exceed 7 minutes, which indicates that we would fuel four buses in the same time it currently takes us to fill one,” said José Melo, company’s chief of operations.
Source: Government of Bolivar State.