Is CNG 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
- 75% if they used super gasoline at $3.97 per litre
- 71% if they used diesel at $3.41/litre.
Is CNG Cleaner than liquid fuels?
CNG does not contain sulphur, particulate matter, heavy metal traces, or toxic additives.
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.
Is CNG Safer than liquid fuels?
CNG cylinders are manufactured under very strict international standards and are subject to rigorous pressure and damage tests.
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.
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.
CNG cylinders are equipped with safety devices which are designed to release the gas in the event of higher than normal pressure or temperature.
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.
Is CNG Greener than liquid fuels?
CNG is more environmentally friendly since it produces 30% less carbon dioxide than gasoline and diesel.
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.
CNG engines reduce noise pollution by running smoother and quieter than gasoline or diesel engines.
Are There Any CNG Fiscal Incentives?
Removal of Motor Vehicle Tax and Value Added Tax on OEM vehicles (less than 2 years old) under 1599 cc which are manufactured to use natural gas.
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.
For Fleets - Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of converting a vehicle to use CNG.
For Installers - Capital uplift of 130% for wear and tear allowance on the cost of plant, machinery and equipment needed to provide CNG installations.
What Is The Current CNG Station Infrastructure?
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.
Location of existing CNG filling stations in Trinidad:
- Diego Martin Main Road
- St Christopher’s, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
- Beetham highway, East bound
- Brentwood, Chaguanas
- Ramco, Orange Grove Trincity
- UniPet Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua
- Frisco junction, Point Fortin (under repairs)
- Rushworth Street, San Fernando
- Southern main road, Chaguanas (under repairs)
- Carrousel Mon Repos roundabout, San Fernando
- PTSC Compound, City Gate, Port-of-Spain
- NGC’s Field Office, Couva
- Tumpuna North, Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima
CNG stations due to open in Quarter 1 2016
- Cyrus Road, CR Highway
- Harkness, Mc Bean Couva
- PTSC (permanent), City Gate, Port-of-Spain (fleet)
- O’Meara Road, Arima
- Beetham Highway, Port of Spain East bound (to be refurbished)
- Rushworth Sreet, San Fernando (to be refurbished)
- Munroe Road, Uriah Butler Highway
Mobile refuelling stations will transport CNG on trucks or trailers and at certain locations, will make CNG available where there are no physical pipelines. MRU’s are expected to be deployed in Santa Flora & Tobago in 2018.
Are There Any Macro-Economic Benefits of CNG?
Using CNG reduces the Government subsidy resulting from the use of gasoline or diesel.
Using CNG generates foreign income from the sale of the displaced liquid fuels to foreign markets at international fuel prices.
Using CNG lowers household expenditure and makes cash available for other important uses.
What Are The Most Common CNG Vehicle Applications?
Worldwide, there are cars, vans, scooters, motorbikes, tricycles, buses and trucks either manufactured or modified to run on CNG.
Options for CNG in vehicles:
- Mono Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG with no liquid fuel backup.
- Bi-Fuel vehicles use 100% CNG and can also use gasoline which is stored as a backup fuel. This improves driving range between fills.
- Dual Fuel vehicles use a mixture of diesel and CNG at all times.
PTSC has switched 10% of its existing fleet of diesel buses to mono fuel OEM CNG.
The Government is demonstrating its commitment to the widespread use of CNG by converting state vehicles where practical.
Currently there are 8 OEM CNG models available in Trinidad and Tobago from Sedans, to Maxis to Trucks.
CNG Converters: There are 3 licensed converters: Massy ACL (642 4236), Burmac CNG (672 0991), Dumore Enterprises (677 2910).