Young promises CNG service station for Tobago

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Energy Minister Stuart Young. FILE PICTURE –

ENERGY Minister Stuart Young has promised to explore the possibility of Tobago having its own compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station.

Speaking on Tobago Updates on Thursday, Young said the lack of CNG stations in Tobago shocked him.

“I was surprised when I arrived as Minister of Energy that there were no CNG filling stations in Tobago. So I immediately asked the subsidiary of the NGC group what is going on, I am suing it.

He said that a few weeks ago Senator Laurence Hislop spoke with him about a number of issues in Tobago, one of which was the lack of a CNG service station. He said former Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis also raised it during his tenure.

“This is something I intend to have delivered to Tobago. This is Trinidad and Tobago, and we need to have a proper CNG service station in Tobago.”

He said the measures might not work in terms of the number of CNG vehicles.

“It’s a chicken and egg situation. Let’s put the CNG. You deserve the infrastructure, you deserve the investment, and I’m determined to do that. So I will follow him. »

He said the island has a CNG depot, as there are a few CNG buses, but now is the time to improve services and make them more accessible to Tobago residents.

In 2015, the THA pledged an acre in the southwest part of the island for the construction of a CNG service station.

Then-Chief Secretary Orville London and Division of Infrastructure and Utilities (DIPU) Secretary Gary Melville held meetings with the National Petroleum Marketing Company (NP) and the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to discuss plans for the new station.

A committee was set up and three potential sites nominated, with London saying that based on this report the assembly would be able to determine the way forward. He said several issues limited possible sites, including the need to lay a gas line from the Cove Industrial Park plant.

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