With gasoline near $6 a gallon the Dominican Republic turns to natural gas for alternative fuel.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic .- President Leonel Fernandez presided over the official launch of the “Implementation Program of the massive use of Natural Gas in the Dominican Republic” and granted 65 new licenses to companies trading in the activities related to the sale of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) to operate as importers of equipment, conversion workshops, and gas stations.
Along with President Fernandez at the Hall of Ambassadors of the National Palace were, Vice President Rafael Alburquerque, the ministers of the Presidency, Cesar Pina Toribio, Office of the President, Luis Manuel Bonetti, of Industry and Commerce, and Manuel García Arévalo director of the Metropolitan Bus Services (OMSA), Ignacio Ditrén.
García Arévalo said, “The Dominican government has implemented a strategy to boost domestic and foreign investment in natural gas projects, the Vehicle Conversion Program, installation of natural gas stations, and the development of a system to transport and distribute natural gas by pipeline.”
The first stage of conversion to natural gas for public transport vehicles using Propane or LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) as fuel will start in June through 35 authorized conversion workshops that will transform the first five thousand CNG public transport vehicles out of twenty thousand expected to change by 2012.