Bolivia announces that 25% of its vehicle fleet runs on natural gas
25% of Bolivia’s automotive fleet has been converted to CNG, a percentage that has generated savings of more than USD 275 million to the country, said the director of the Executing Entity for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions (EEC-GNV) Alejandra Huaylla.
“In the last five years Bolivia’s vehicle fleet has shown a significant growth rate as a work of the State policy that has been implemented by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons,” said Huaylla during her presentation on the “Integral System of Environmentally-Friendly Transport”, in the framework of the second version of the “Week of Hydrocarbons – Gas, Petrochemicals and Green Fuels.”
She explained that one of the biggest challenges facing Latin America and Bolivia is to achieve efficient energy consumption within sovereignty, energy security and the reduction of greenhouse gases. In that context, she added that the largest share of final consumption is in the transport sector.
Through the Ministry of Hydrocarbons, the entity works along with the subnational governments in order to develop and implement the ‘SIT-GNV’ (Integral System of NGV Environmentally-Friendly Transport). “We want to expand the vision of using natural gas with CNG and LNG technology. The entity is responsible for the standardization, certification, authorization, execution, monitoring and control of these new technologies,” added Huaylla.
On the other hand, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) will carry out the regulatory management for the expansion in the marketing and distribution of CNG through refueling stations and conversion and requalification workshops. At the same time, YPFB will implement the service stations for these new technologies in order to provide sustainability, accessibility and safety along with municipal and departmental governments.