6,000 vehicles converted to run on gas – NIPCO


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FOLLOWING the federal government directive to convert cars and generators in Nigeria to run on gas, NIPCO Plc says that it has so far fitted about 6,000 vehicles to run on gas since 2009, when the initiative was launched in Benin, Edo State. The company expressed its commitment to ensure that more vehicles run on gas in Nigeria to improve efficiency and guarantee cleaner environment.

Sanjay Teotia, managing director, NIPCO Gas Limited, said the firm remained committed to providing access to motorists to convert their cars to run on gas in furtherance of the federal government’s renewed initiative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. He noted that the initiative was conceptualised to offer alternative fuel to motorists as a result of the huge sums of money being expended on fuel subsidy.

Speaking on the sidelines of a gas utilisation forum organised by the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria in Imo State, Teotia said NGL, a subsidiary of NIPCO Plc, had been providing plethora of infrastructure to facilitate use of gas as the preferred energy source to motorists and industrial concerns. He described the new drive of the Federal Government as very apt, saying it would spur the use of gas in transportation.

Teotia said the company had so far inaugurated eight Compressed Natural Gas filling stations in strategic locations and also established the biggest gas compression plant in West Africa in the country. He applauded the federal government’s initiative to ensure that more cars, especially commercial vehicles, run on gas, adding that NGL had positioned itself strategically to ensure the realisation of this noble objective to the benefit of Nigerians and the environment.

According to him, the company’s efforts has enabled more motorists to embrace gas as preferred fuel, especially in Benin, Edo State, where the pilot project took off and Ibafo, Ogun State, where the biggest gas compression plant in Africa is situated. “The Benin pilot project is a good illustration of cars running on gas as thousands of taxis in the axis are already powered with gas. We have since improved our manpower to key appropriately into government vision on vehicle conversion to run on gas as more enquiries are being made in our outlets on how vehicles, especially those running on petrol, can be fitted with kits to use gas,” he said.

Realnews recalled that Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, has said that the federal government will from October begin converting the cars and generators of Nigerians to run on gas.  Speaking on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ on Monday, September 14, Sylva said cars are capable of running on both gas and petrol. He said the move would reduce carbon emissions as well as the demand for petrol.

“The alternative we are now introducing is gas, which is definitely going to be cheaper than the subsidised rate of PMS. So, what we are trying to encourage Nigerians to do now is to convert their cars to dual fuel. That means your car can use either gas or petrol and that will be done for free because the government is going to ensure that you are able to convert your vehicles.

“And when you convert your car, you go to the filling station, you see the price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) you see the price of gas, you can decide to buy LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), you can decide to buy LNG (Liquefied Natural gas). These are all going to be available and we are going to have a roll out plan for this within October.

“Nigerians will have alternatives. It is like introducing a toll on the roads. When you introduce a tollgate, you are expected and required by law to also create an alternative. So, we are also creating that alternative so that you can go to buy gas,” he said.

– Oct. 24 2020 @ 7:35 GMT |

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