December 8, 2020. Fuel retailer Terpel has set the goal of becoming a leader in natural gas for vehicles in the Colombian market. Under the brand Gazel, it wants to open up to 244 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the country’s main corridors.
At the opening of a refueling station for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Bosconia, company officials said the first phase of the project will focus on connecting the Bogota area with the North. Between 2020 and 2021 they will install CNG dispensers at 10 service stations.
“Today NGVs cannot leave the cities because there is no network of stations that allows them to make long journeys. For that reason, we took the decision to take care of this necessity and to boost the use of the gas vehicles, conscious there is an increasing demand from industry players that use heavy vehicles powered by natural gas,” explained Johand Patiño, commercial vice-president of Terpel.
Currently there are around 200,000 vehicles using CNG in Colombia. Terpel expects that number to continue to grow. To cover that demand it has set the target of 244 Gazel natural gas stations.
The new NGV2 dispensers that Gazel stations will include reduced refueling time from 45 to 20 minutes for heavy-duty vehicles.