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BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt JULY 07 • 2016
While achieving full
Gas (CNG) as a
country would take
time and effort, the
benefits are enormous, officials of the CNG
implementing entity, NGC CNG, say.
What is clear is that while the infrastructure
to accommodate CNG vehicles can be in place,
it is up to the consumer to make the choice
of CNG. In this case, the final choice to either
convert to CNG or buy a new vehicle which
does not need any conversions.
NGC CNG Company Ltd said it has been
doing its part to contribute to the goal of
achieving increasing the usage of CNG as a
replacement for diesel in T&T. Business
Guardian emailed questions to the company
to find out how much has been accomplished
when it comes to CNG? Has there been
increased awareness of CNG vehicles by the
public and what are the upcoming projects?
Asked how much T&T had accomplished
since the Cabinet-appointed CNG Task Force
produced its five-year master plan in 2008,
NGC CNG Ltd said that phase one of the
master plan outlined a target of 17,500 vehicles
to be fuelled by CNG as well as, "the opening
of 22 new CNG service stations and the
upgrade of some of the existing CNG sta-
Stating that the momentum has been
increased when it comes to achieving the target
of 17,500, the company said: "Phase one ends
on December 31st 2018.
Currently Classic Motors supplies OEM light
passenger vehicles (Honda City) and D Ram-
persad Co Ltd, ANSA Automotive, Routes
Auto Ltd and Caribbean Power Solutions are
suppliers of CNG Omnibuses; three of the
four omnibus suppliers will have vehicles on
the roads of T&T starting from July."
NGC CNG added: "We have begun to issue
grant approvals for maxi taxi owners to trade
in their diesel powered vehicles and replace
them with CNG powered vehicles. Several
financial institutions are also providing financ-
ing for the purchase of OEM CNG vehicles.
PTSC, which recently had its new board
appointed, is actively contemplating the pur-
chase of more CNG powered buses to add to
its existing fleet of 35."
NGC CNG said it is in discussion with new
vehicle dealers to encourage them to supply
at least one line of CNG-powered vehicles.
And it expects to see results later in 2016.
"The bulk of NGC CNG's target will come
from conversions," the company said.
Currently the Ministry of Energy and Energy
Industries has issued licenses to one company
to perform conversions. Two other companies
have outline approvals.
To facilitate a faster conversion rate, NGC
CNG has an Expression of Interest advertise-
ment in the newspaper inviting persons who
own and operate garages to explore becoming
CNG Kit converters."
"While gaining a CNG Kit Converter license
requires several regulatory approvals we expect
once the number of converters are increased,
and other factors such as the addition of several
more CNG stations, upgrading of others, and
the deployment of our 5 Mobile Refuelling
Units, NGC CNG will achieve the Phase one
target of 17,500 vehicles using CNG."
State-owned National Gas Company (NGC),
which is the parent company of NGC CNG,
planned to fund Phase 1 of the Master plan
at a cost of TT$500 million, the company
Asked how much of the $500 million has
been spent, the company said: "So far, since
the incorporation of NGC CNG in 2013 to
March 2016, NGC CNG has expended
TT$36.59million on the CNG programme. The
expenditure has been on purchase of fixed
station equipment, mobile refuelling Units,
CNG station installation at PTSC South Quay,
business development opportunities and mar-
Concerning rebate for maxi-taxi operators,
Minister of Finance is expected to make a
statement in the Parliament.
According to NGC CNG, CNG implemen-
tation has been part of T&T's fuel mix since
the mid 1980's but "CNG did not successfully
displace liquid fuel as a major transportation
fuel despite numerous budget presentations
by successive administrations."
NGC CNG was incorporated by NGC in
2013, as a wholly owned subsidiary of NGC
in order to execute government's CNG imple-
Specifically, for 2014 and 2015 the company
T&T slow to convert to CNG
The three-year target includes:
Mode of transport Estimated Total NGC CNG target Status
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