Consumers of natural gas in Cuiabá have not had the product for 1 month. The dispute between Amber Energia – which operates the Cuiabá thermoelectric plant (the Governador Mário Covas plant) and the 645 km long gas pipeline with Bolivia – and the state government lasted almost 8 months. The last contract between the parties ended last December and since then no new contract has been established. It gave permission for the transport of gas that was purchased by the state via the pipeline. While the issue is being discussed before the court, the supply of fuel is suspended, whereby drivers who supply NGV and industries that use the input cause damage to power generation. There is no prediction to resume.
The lack of autogas (NGV) in the sale of fuels led to a demonstration in Cuiabá at the end of Thursday (23), in which drivers and drivers from Uber were brought together. Only 2 outlets sell the product in the capital. The taxi driver Anastácio Camargo worked on the activity for 18 years and since 2005 he has been using the car on gas. "We have not found CNG for 30 days, and this shortage has been recurring for a long time, and I think there is a lack of governmental interest in solving the problem." He reports that the fuel shortage increases spending by about 50%. With gas, the operating costs are about $ 800 per month. Refueling with ethanol, the bill rises to R $ 1.3 thousand.
Taxi driver José Lino de Araújo, who also owns the taxi radio Bandeirantes and the organizer of the demonstration, says that the fleet of 130 cars from company 25 is powered by gas. "But there are many people with a private car that uses it." In addition to the higher fuel costs, owners have difficulty transferring the vehicle. "To turn the vehicle off, you have to inspect the equipment in an external company, but companies can not issue this certificate because there is no gas to do the test."
The president of the Mato Grosso Gas Company (MT Gas), Emanuel Figueiredo, states that Mato Grosso consumes 170 thousand cubic meters of gas per month, with 70 thousand m3 for CNG and the rest for industries. The government has filed a lawsuit in the 10th Civil Court of Cuiabá to resume the contract with the company that owns the pipeline to secure deliveries. In a statement, Amber Energia said it would not comment on the issue.
source: The Gazette