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Argentina: about 15,000 vehicles are converted to natural gas

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The figures provided by the CNG Management of the National Gas Regulatory Agency (Enargas)  indicate that during the first quarter of this year, 44.489 vehicles were converted to natural gas, although the number is set to be higher, since the agency’s records are not yet complete. Therefore, the monthly average of transitions to CNG accounts for 14,829 vehicles so far this year.

This high level of activity has not been registered since 2004, when the monthly average of conversions for the whole year reached 15,274 vehicles.

As a result of comparing the first quarter of 2014 with the same period last year, the growth is very significant: 30,263 conversions turned to 44,489, i.e. an increase of 47%.

Moreover, in March 2013 CNG conversions had reached 11,097 vehicles, whereas in the same month this year climbed to 14,592, representing an increase of over 30 percent.

Last year, there were 157,801 conversions to natural gas in total, 23,477 more than in 2012. That was the highest annual figure achieved in nine years. In addition, the monthly average of transitions was 13,150, the highest mark achieved since 2004. The peak of the activity took place in July, with 16,630 retrofits, the highest mark achieved in a single month since 2006.

The all-time accumulated CNG conversion figure in Argentina totals over 2.4 million vehicles, although there are actually 1,535,165 certified on the road nowadays, according to the latest report published by the Enargas in September 2013.

ngvjournal.com



6 Comments on "Argentina: about 15,000 vehicles are converted to natural gas"

  1. Makati1 on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 9:46 am 

    And this is supposed to mean…?

    Argentina: 850 CNG stations serving 2,535,000 vehicles out of about 7 million or approximately 36%.

    The US has ~800 CNG stations and perhaps 5 million CNG vehicles. That only leaves 250,000,000 to go. At 10% growth, the US will be converted in … 2060.

    Yes, the rest of the world, outside of the West are way ahead on this one.

  2. Arthur on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 10:22 am 

    It is rapidly growing in the Netherlands as well. Financially attractive: 1kg NG costs 1 euro. Reason: government is not yet imposing (much) taxes on the fuel. Disadvantage: short range, typically 300 km/200 miles.

    About 3000 NG vehicles in Holland, but rapidly growing. In Germany it is much bigger: 100,000 NG vehicles, serviced by 900 NG stations.

    http://www.gibgas.de/Tankstellen/Europainfos

  3. bobinget on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 11:08 am 

    Argentinean (like US) oil companies are finding more gas and less oil (than expected) in tight shale.

    It’s the old saw about someone handing out lemons, all over again.

    BEFORE any ‘gas’ gets into your tank…

    REFINED Gasoline and Diesel are delivered to retail distribution points by truck tankers. NG, delivered from well head to ‘gas’ station in one continuous pipe.

    Does anyone see any energy savings?
    Because (we, both sides) are stuck with one infrastructure, we feel there is no room for additional.
    (don’t vote, it only encourages them)-;

    Now that EV’s are getting popular we are seeing negative publicity about insufficient numbers of fast charging stations. I’m so old I can recall when diesel fuel was only available at ‘The Grange’ or a highway truck stop. In Mexico PEMEX solved the problem by permitting private service stations.

    NG ‘fillin’ stations or Rapid Charge outlets should be safer to locate than diesel or volatile gasoline outlets.
    (In San Francisco parking lots already have charging outlets)

    Not to worry Exxon, when hydrogen becomes another fuel of choice, you will be the ones doing deliveries.

  4. Kenz300 on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 1:19 pm 

    Buy and use an electric or hybrid vehicle…………. and bypass the fueling station.

  5. Makati1 on Sun, 27th Apr 2014 6:53 pm 

    bob, NG pipelines do not cover everywhere. There are thousands of square miles with no pipelines in sight. Yes, they are found around cities and larger towns, but not an even coverage even there. And, no, there will be no new hundreds/thousands of miles of pipelines built. Too many obstacles and way to expensive. Something like $1,000+ per foot in most areas that are built up. Maybe half that in rural areas that do not have them. NG is another flash in the pan to disappear as quickly as it began.

  6. Kenz300 on Tue, 29th Apr 2014 1:34 pm 

    As electric vehicle use continues to grow the price will come down making them the most cost effective solution for average people.

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