T&T getting first CNG maxi taxi
T&T’s first CNG maxi taxi is expected to make its debut by August 31. It is one of several developments expected over the next few weeks as NGC CNG, a subsidiary of the National Gas Company of T&T Limited, continues efforts to promote use of CNG as a fuel across the country.
NGC CNG president Curtis Mohammed, who recently gave an update on the company’s programme during a CNG Kit Conversion Consultation said “the CNG business was creating approximately $850 million in economic activity, with a significant portion of that sum coming from conversion activity.”
With 35 PTSC buses already using CNG and with growing support from the Association of Maxi Taxis of T&T (AMTTT), both significant users of diesel fuel, Mohammed said the public transportation industry is becoming a green industry, committed to reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and the environment.
In another significanr development, Diamond Motors, a member of the Ansa McAL Group of Companies, will launch the first OEM CNG heavy commercial vehicles in T&T, the Freightliner Truck, on August 26.
Representatives from various regulatory bodies, including the Energy Ministry), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), T&T Fire Services (TTFS) and National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) made presentations at the CNG Kit Conversion Consultation, giving guidance on requirements for becoming licensed CNG converters. Representatives from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), T&T Bureau of Standards and Town and Country Planning were in attendance.
NGC CNG opened its first new CNG Refuelling Supply Point at St. Christopher’s Service Station (SCSS), Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on June 29. Since its opening, the service station’s has seen a steady sales increase.
Scott Fabres, station operator at St Christopher’s, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to work with NGC CNG in promoting CNG as a more economic and cleaner alternative to conventional liquid fuels. He said he “anticipates a growing demand for CNG vehicles and increase in sales from both businesses and individuals who appreciate the environmental and fuel efficiency benefits of CNG.”
Following the opening of St. Christopher’s, works have been ongoing at another new CNG supply point, Ramco’s Orange Grove Service Station, Tacarigua, as well as on restoration of CNG supply at the NPMC Carrousel Service Station at Naparima Mayaro Road, San Fernando. Both are expected to be opened before the end of September. NGC CNG’s equipment has been installed at both sites
Site visits have been made and works are scheduled to begin by the end of September on refurbishment of the Mt. Lambert Service Station and three new supply points at NP O’Meara, Unipet Santa Flora and NP Starlite.