Compressed natural gas (CNG), which is currently used as fuel in vehicles, can now be sold at AutoCNG sales facilities as well as CNG sales stations established on the transmission network.
The amendment to the regulation on the subject issued by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) entered into force following its publication in the Official Gazette. Accordingly, CNG, which was previously provided only at filling facilities on the natural gas transmission network, can now be sold to vehicles by being transported to the AutoCNG sales facilities via tubes through main roads.
CNG sales stations and AutoCNG sales facilities will receive the Service Qualification Certificate issued by the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) in order to conduct market activities.
In the meantime, companies that will sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to on-road vehicles as fuel will be able to carry out these activities by purchasing the Wholesale License (AutoLNG).
CNG is produced by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. To provide adequate driving range, CNG is stored onboard a vehicle in a compressed gaseous state within fuel tanks at a pressure of 3,000 to 3,600 pounds per square inch. CNG is used in light, medium and heavy-duty applications. A CNG-powered vehicle gets about the same fuel economy as a conventional gasoline vehicle on a GGE basis. One GGE equals about 5.66 pounds of CNG.