Pandemic for investments of 500 million dollars in vehicular natural gas: AMG

The pandemic caused government offices such as Sener, CRE, ASEA to work partially or intermittently in almost a year, which has caused slowness in the granting of permits for new vehicular natural gas service stations, as well as the construction of infrastructure, which has « in the freezer » investments for 500 million dollars.

Andrés Bayona Insignares, president of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (AMGNV), explained that precisely the energy crisis that occurred last week made clear the need for the Sener, CRE and the Security Agency, Energy and Environment (ASEA), expedite the authorizations that are pending and that have to do with the expansion of the infrastructure for vehicular and compressed natural gas, as well as liquefied and associated services.

He said that toThere are currently around 500 million dollars of investment stoppeds because the different instances and those in charge of granting permits are closed or partially working.

The businessman indicated that the supply was partial and at this moment it has normalized, however, the sector faces the slowness in granting permits by the Energy Regulatory Commission for new service stations, or infrastructure in general.

He explained that, since the beginning of the pandemia, CRE, Sener and ASEA have worked partially or intermittently, so there is a lag in the granting of new permits.

« There is infrastructure that has not been possible due to lack of permits, not only are the service centers, but workshops, storage and the purchase of buses, » added the businessman.

He said that exception measures should be issued in the Sener, CRE and ASEA, which allow expediting authorizations for the expansion of gas infrastructure vehicular natural gas, compressed and liquefied natural gas and associated services.

He mentioned whate by the end of this year they hope to reach 107 public NGV stations, with which they will double the infrastructure that was operating at the end of 2020, accompanied by a similar growth in user vehicles, mainly mass transport buses, tractors, taxis and delivery vehicles.

Actually, there are about 57 NGV service stations and 16 NGV compression stations, for this year it is estimated to add 21 NGV compression stations and 107 NGV service stations.

Bayona stated that a comprehensive review of the fuel supply policy is necessary, including natural gas, which guarantee stability and security of supply, including national production, import, storage and distribution.

For its part, Luis Felipe Echavarría, former president of AMGNV, mentioned that this type of energy crisis such as the one that occurred last week and that was due to a temporary event such as the heavy snowfalls that were registered in Texas and Nuevo León, dmakes more evident the opportunity for the country to bet on a more integrated basket that includes vehicular natural gas, where savings are genuine and necessary for freight, delivery and urban transport, as well as private.

Emphasized that a comprehensive plan is required to boost natural gas vehicular in the country.