Pilot test with heavy-duty CNG trucks successfully completed in Colombia
The Colombian Association of Natural Gas (Naturgas) celebrated the technical and environmental results obtained in the pilot project that put into operation natural gas trucks on the country’s highways. Thanks to an alliance signed by Surtigas and the cargo operator OPL, tests were conducted on the most demanding mountain roads in Colombia, covering more than 50,000 kilometers with consumption of 28,000 cubic meters of CNG. The tractors managed to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% and fuel costs by more than 35%, supporting the environmental and economic benefits of using natural gas. “In addition, it is proven that the vehicles that run on this fuel have an adequate performance even in the rocky areas of Colombia,” explained the president of Naturgas Orlando Cabrales Segovia. Promigas, Surtigas and OPL also expressed that the use of CNG helps fulfill the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gives assistance to Colombian transporters who need greater competitiveness and achieve savings in operational costs. In addition to the more than 700 NGVs that circulate in the country, more than 10 heavy-duty trucks and 10 medium-duty trucks powered by natural gas are expected to hit Colombian roads in the first quarter of next year.