93 new buses in exchange for emission allowances2013-08-14
Today the Ministry of Environment reviewed the number of new low-emission city buses to be provided to the country’s passenger carriage companies under the Special Programme for Climate Change in view of the conclusions of the programme’s project selection committee.
Assistance in the amount of LTL 89.7 million was earmarked to procure low-emission city buses. It became known after a public procurement procedure that this funding was enough to buy 93 buses.
Ten bus fleets applied for grants. However, not all of them were eligible under the grant conditions. One of the key requirements was that beneficiaries must have built compressed natural gas stations before they receive the buses. Once the Raseiniai bus fleet withdrew from the project, nine applicants remained.
Under the assistance project, each applicant is to receive at least one hybrid bus (that runs on compressed natural gas and power) and grants per applicant are limited to LTL 20 million.
In addition to the hybrid bus (all applicants will receive one each while Telšiai bus fleet, two) Vilniaus viešasis transportas will receive twenty compressed natural gas-driven buses, Kauno autobusai, fourteen, Klaipėdos autobusų parkas, eleven, Busturas of Šiauliai and Panevėžys bus fleet, eight each, Marijampolė and Telšiai bus fleets, seven each, Ukmergė bus fleet, five and Elektrėnų komunalinis ūkis, three.
All these passenger carriage companies will be provided with the same type of buses – Spanish compressed natural gas-driven Castrosua City Versus CNG and hybrid Castrosua Tempus Hybrid/CNG. Each bus fleet will sign a separate contract with the manufacturers. All of the 93 buses will be delivered in one year after the date of the contracts the latest.
Public information division