Tuesday, February 27, 2007

 

Land of the all-night gas line

‘To cut down on costly imports of petroleum, of which Myanmar does not have much, its ruling generals want every vehicle in the country to run on natural gas, of which it has plenty.

Since 2005, the junta has managed to get around 11,000 taxis and buses in Yangon [..] to convert to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Unfortunately, during this time it has installed only 20 filling stations for a city of 5 million people.

More unfortunately, the CNG pumps they have installed are so archaic they can take 30 minutes to fill up one vehicle.

Even more unfortunately, every time a power blackout strikes — which is at least once a day — the pumps grind to a halt.’




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