CNG supply to meet demand when refinery completed this year

Vehicles using CNG running along routes of passenger transportation in Yangn. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Vehicles using CNG running along routes of passenger transportation in Yangn. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 5 May— The supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) is set to increase when a factory for refining natural gas from off-shore blocks is completed this year.
The installation of machinery at the refinery is drawing near to be completed, and when the refinery is complete, many vehicles will be supplied with CNG without delay, U Myint Swe, Yangon Region Chief Minister said Monday.
Car owners who exchanged their old cars with newer models under the government’s car swap scheme have complained that they have to wait at least five to six months to secure a supply of CNG from the government for their cars.
While private CNG vehicles are facing scarcity of the gas, at least an additional 230 vehicles are on a waiting list for getting access to CNG, according to statistics.
The Ministry of Energy is currently supplying natural gas from inland blocks to vehicles, giving priority to public bus lines.
The authorities are carefully scrutinizing the vehicles which have applied to obtain CNG supply  as the current CNG supply is low, according to U Myint Swe.
Currently, more than 360 bus lines are operating with 3,500 buses in Yangon to transport some 2 million people a day.
The refinery was on target to open in 2013 but it failed to achieve the target due to the economic sanctions on Myanmar, said the chief minister. GNLM

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