February 10, 2020. The Bolivian department of Santa Cruz has the largest automotive fleet in the country (33%), therefore, it is one of the largest consumers of natural gas for vehicles (NGV), mainly in public transport.
Miriam Sevillano, Vice President of the NGV Workshops Association of Santa Cruz, said that for this year it is estimated to make between 10,000 and 12,000 conversions of vehicles that run on gasoline to operate natural gas in the department, so they will need the same number of cylinders
However, she warned that the project is currently paralyzed by the lack of consensus among the actors involved.
In that sense, they are asking the Government to send the direct tender for the purchase of cylinders for this year and thus start working. “We want the conversion and requalification program to start at once. There are more than 100 authorized workshops for conversion,” she explained.
The leader added that Santa Cruz concentrated 35% of the program nationwide, followed by Cochabamba with 25% and La Paz with 20%.
On the subject, the Minister of Hydrocarbons, Víctor Hugo Zamora, informed without going into details that the bidding process is being prepared for the new CNG cylinders, both third and fifth generation that is more efficient and healthy with the environment.
“We want and we must improve the cylinders that are in the program for more modern ones, such as those of the fifth generation, although the owner of the vehicle will have to pay the difference, since it should be clarified that the State pays until the third generation,” he said.