Trinidad and Tobago
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CNG coming to Trinidad and Tobago

Yesterday we wouldn't have expected we would ever write about Trinidad and Tobago in terms of gaseous fuels. And yet we are doing it – a CNG refueling station for buses is coming to the country, specifically to the island of Tobago.
Fuel station in Trinidad and Tobago© THANational Petroleum Marketing Company Limited, Trinidad and Tobago's state-owned oil company, already operates some stations offering CNG to the public

Of course, there's no logical reason why there shouldn't be any LPG- or CNG-related news from Trinidad and Tobago, but given how distant the country is from our perspective, we just considered it unlikely to surface. Well, we were wrong. As it turns out, one acre of land in southwestern Tobago has been provided by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for the purpose of building a CNG station. The facility will service new methane-powered buses operated by the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC).

Once construction of the site begins, it will take at least 18 months to complete. Meanwhile, the THA will purchase 25 non-CNG-powered buses (probably diesels) for Tobago, because the island suffers from a shortage of such vehicles. So much so that of required 30, only fewer than 10 are operational at the moment. The new buses will be used by the PTSC, but also the Maxi Taxi Association and the THA itself. At the same time, the THA will make sure the construction of the CNG station is completed as soon as possible so that cleaner, methane-based public transport can be implemented.

The Tobago House of Assembly is highly supportive of this initiative to bring CNG to Tobago.

THA Chief Secretary Orville London


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