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Chairman of PTSC Edwin Gooding fills a bus with CNG during the launch of the corporation’s new CNG filling station at the PTSC compound Port of-Spain, yesterday.

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Acting President of NGC CNG Sheldon Sylvester says with increasing prices of liquid fuels worldwide, natural gas remains a very viable option for any one looking to save money. Speaking at the commissioning of the Public Transport Service Corporation’s (PTSC) Compressed Natural Gas (Cfilling station at City Gate, Port-of-Spain yesterday, Sylvester noted that CNG is now 83 per cent cheaper than super gasoline.

According to Sylvester as the transportation fuel sector continues to evolve with the introduction of new technology and policies, CNG continues to play a role in the supply mix in the medium to long term.

“We expect with the rising cost of liquid fuels, people’s transportation usage will adjust. An increasing number of people may opt to use public transport even those who own personal vehicles, an opportunity for both PTSC, stakeholders in the maxi taxi business and NGC CNG,” Sylvester said.

In the last seven years, he added, NGC CNG had installed compression, storage and dispensing with state-of-the-art fast filling equipment at 11 active public filling sites.

Chairman of PTSC Edwin Gooding who also spoke said having a permanent station had many benefits, noting that CNG has given the organisation the option of lower costs and access clearer fuel for the environment.

Further, Gooding added, the ability to refuel had several logistical benefits, one being time efficiency.

“The commissioning of this permanent facility removes the need for buses to be fuelled externally at PTSC’s smaller and temporary CNG filling station.

“The increase in the number of buses that are now able to be fuelled at the Port-of-Spain depot reduces wait time thereby, increasing productivity,” Gooding explained.

He added that in 2014 PTSC purchased 35 buses that were fuelled by the temporary station and that the fleet was expanded by 25 in 2018 and then again in 2020, adding 12 buses.

“The fuelling of our buses marks phase one of this initiative while phase two will deal with servicing Government vehicles and maxi taxis,” Gooding noted.

On becoming more environmentally sufficient, Gooding said PTSC was currently examining the feasibility of installing a rainwater harvesting system to wash their vehicles.

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan who was supposed to deliver the feature address did not attend.