Pakistan Hits One-Million Natural Gas Vehicle Mark
13 May 2006
|World NGV leaders. Click to enlarge.|
According to statistics from the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), the country now has more than one million natural gas vehicles on the road.
Pakistan is now one of three countries in the world with more than one million NGVs in their fleets, behind Brazil with 1,117,885 and Argentina with 1,459,236, according to statistics from the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles.
The country has been making an all-out push on switching over to CNG as a fuel and thus reduce oil imports. (Earlier post.)
Vehicle conversions to CNG are clipping along at the rate of more than 40,000 per month, according to the Hydrocarbon Development Institute. The country now has 930 CNG stations operational with another 200 under construction.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, Pakistan currently is producing about 64,000 barrels per day of its own oil, while in 2005 it consumed an estimated 351,400 barrels per day.
By contrast, Pakistan has an estimated 26.83 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven natural gas reserves, and is essentially self-sufficient for the moment with that fuel. The country has estimated reserves of 26.83 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), and produced and consumed 0.84 Tcf in 2003.
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