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Govt plans to double NGV stations by year end


April 14, 2008

Govt plans to double NGV stations by year end

Thailand will this year establish more natural gas vehicle (NGV) service stations to 330 from 180 stations presently to cope with rising demand from motorists, a senior Energy Ministry official said today.

Metta Banturngsuk, director-general of Energy Business Department, said Thai domestic demand for NGVs is seen to be increasing because the NGVs are considered environmentally friendly, inexpensive and safe for motorists.

Currently, NGV fuel costs Bt8.50 per kilogramme, resulting in motorists being able to save costs when using the energy source on the long-term, as it costs much less than gasoline or gasohol.

But motorists, especially taxi drivers, have complained that it is difficult to find NGV filling stations, even in Bangkok, and almost impossible upcountry.

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