Facilitating Growth in CNG

Promoting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative vehicular fuel.

Introducing NGC CNG

“CNG is our business”

NGC CNG Company Limited, a subsidiary of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, NGC, on May 15, 2014, executed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Trinidad and Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NP) and United Independent Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (UNIPET).

Represented at the signings were: Mr. Curtis Mohammed – President (Ag.) of NGC CNG, Mr. Steve Gosine – Chairman, NP, and Mr. Ronald Milford – CEO, UNIPET.

NGC has been mandated by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to accelerate and expand the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a major, alternative, transportation fuel in the country. NGC CNG plans to invest on a phased basis over TT$2 billion over five years. The first phase, lasting two years, which is projected to cost TT$500 million, will involve the construction of twenty-two (22) new or revamped CNG-only fuel stations and conversion of over 17,000 vehicles. The second phase, lasting three years, is projected to cost TT$1.57 billion for the construction of more stations and conversions.

The MOUs between NGC CNG/NP and NGC CNG/UNIPET represent significant milestones in the effort and outline the terms and conditions for the respective companies regarding the provision of CNG equipment installations, operations and dispensation.

This development allows for agreement and prioritization of supply arrangements that will allow for the finalization of target sites to locate upgraded CNG service, retrofitting and new CNG and mobile CNG locations for Phase 1 of the CNG initiative. Indeed, NGC CNG, NP and UNIPET understand the importance of their respective roles in the local CNG supply chain, and together with timely support from the various regulatory and state bodies successful expansion of CNG usage will become a reality.

The criteria for the selection and priority of stations:

  • the proximity to existing natural gas distribution pipelines;
  • projected vehicular throughput at the stations;
  • strategic location of the site vis-a-vis the CNG promotion target, and status of statutory approvals for new sites or refurbished sites.

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Reasons for using CNG in Trinidad & Tobago

CNG is Cheaper than liquid fuels

The retail price of CNG is $1.00 per litre. On switching to CNG, consumers will save:

  • 82% of their fuel bill if they used premium gasoline at $5.75/litre
  • 68% if they used super gasoline at $3.11 per litre
  • 42% if they used diesel at $1.72/litre.

CNG is Cleaner than liquid fuels

    1. CNG does not contain sulphur, particulate matter, heavy metal traces, or toxic additives.
    2. CNG burns cleaner than liquid fuels and leaves no by-products of combustion to contaminate spark plugs and engine oil. This translates into lower vehicle maintenance costs.

CNG is Safer than liquid fuels

    1. CNG cylinders are manufactured under very strict international standards and are subject to rigorous pressure and damage tests.
    2. CNG is lighter than air and if released, rises quickly and dissipates reducing the risk of ignition. Gasoline vapours are heavier than air and will stay closer to the ground which increases the risk of ignition
    3. CNG has a higher ignition temperature than gasoline or diesel (600ºC vs. 320ºC and 285oC respectively). For this reason, CNG vehicles are the least likely to catch fire under any circumstance.
    4. CNG cylinders are equipped with safety devices which are designed to release the gas in the event of higher than normal pressure or temperature
    5. In a collision, CNG cylinders are much less dangerous than a gasoline or diesel tank due to the extra robustness, structure, shape and location in the vehicle

CNG is Greener than liquid fuels

    1. CNG is more environmentally friendly since it produces 25% less carbon dioxide than gasoline and 35% less than diesel.
    2. CNG has an octane number of 125 compared to gasoline which ranges from 92 to 95. This can result in improved overall engine performance and efficiency.
    3. CNG engines reduce noise pollution by running smoother and quieter than gasoline or diesel engines.

CNG Fiscal Incentives

    1. Removal of Motor Vehicle Tax and Value Added Tax on imported vehicles (less than 2 years old) which are manufactured to use natural gas.
    2. For Individuals – 25% tax credit on the cost of converting a vehicle to use CNG up to a conversion cost limit of $10,000.00 per vehicle.
    3. For Fleets – Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of converting a vehicle to use CNG.
    4. For Installers – Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of plant, machinery and equipment needed to provide CNG installations.

CNG Station Infrastructure

    1. Over 20 million Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and over 25 thousand CNG refuelling stations are in operation in 85 different countries worldwide. Plans are underway to significantly expand the network of CNG filling stations across Trinidad and Tobago.
    2. Location of existing CNG filling stations in Trinidad:
      1. Beetham highway, East bound
      2. Brentwood, Chaguanas
      3. Eastern Main Road, Mt. Lambert (under repairs)
      4. UniPet Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua
      5. Frisco junction, Point Fortin (under repairs)
      6. Maritime roundabout, Barataria (under repairs)
      7. Mon Repos roundabout, San Fernando
      8. Rushworth Street, San Fernando
      9. Southern main road, Chaguanas
      10. Southern main road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Curepe
      11. PTSC Compound, City Gate, Port-of-Spain
      12. NGC’s Field Office, Couva
    3. CNG stations due to open in Quarter 1 2016
      1. Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Orange Grove
      2. Starlight Plaza, Diego Martin
      3. St Christopher’s Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain
      4. O’Meara Rd
    4. Mobile refuelling stations will transport CNG on trucks or trailers and at certain locations, will make CNG available where there are no physical pipelines.

Macro-Economic Benefits of CNG

    1. Using CNG reduces the Government subsidy resulting from the use of gasoline or diesel.
    2. Using CNG generates foreign income from the sale of the displaced liquid fuels to foreign markets at international fuel prices.
    3. Using CNG lowers household expenditure and makes cash available for other important uses.

CNG Vehicle Applications

  1. Worldwide, there are cars, vans, scooters, motorbikes, tricycles, buses and trucks either manufactured or modified to run on CNG.
  2. Options for CNG in vehicles:
    1. Mono Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG with no liquid fuel backup.
    2. Bi-Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG and can also use gasoline which is stored as a backup fuel. This improves driving range between fills
    3. Dual Fuel vehicles use a mixture of diesel and CNG at all times.
  3. PTSC has switched 10% of its existing fleet of diesel buses to mono fuel OEM CNG.
  4. The Government is demonstrating its commitment to the widespread use of CNG by converting state vehicles where practical.
  5. Some of the local auto dealers are already making available, imported CNG ready vehicles eg Honda City CNG & Mercedes E200.
  6. CNG Converters: Massy ACL in Arima is an approved converter and 2 other companies are in the final stages of approval by the regulator.