Santo Domingo.- Industry and Commerce minister José del Castillo yesterday certified the 10,000th vehicle converted to natural gas in the country and the Caribbean.
The vehicle was converted in the workshops Pimax, which had also obtained the first conversion license in 2008, and the first to be authorized to conduct the change to natural gas.
The country currently has only 14 natural gas stations; three in Santiago, one in Bonao (central) and 10 in Greater Santo Domingo, and soon in San Pedro (east), on the Las Americas highway and elsewhere, according to Industry and Commerce Non-conventional Energy director Salvador Rivas.
Del Castillo said the vehicle certification signals confidence that the use of natural gas in Dominican Republic is here to stay because it’s cheaper than other fuels.
Pimax president Solomon Contreras said compared with gasoline using natural gas saves around 59 percent.
Rivas said the widened use of that most important fuel was spurred by president Danilo Medina’s announcement o build natural gas-fired power plants, which means more uses not only in vehicles, but in areas such as industry and to generate electricity.