NIPCO Commissions 8 CNG Filling Stations in Strategic Locations
…To build more infrastructure for auto gas conversion. The Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company, (NIPCO), pioneering gas-powered automobiles as viable alternatives to white products, has so far fitted about 6,000 vehicles to run on gas since its inauguration by the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Rilwan Lukman in 2009 in Benin, Edo State.
The company has so far commissioned eight Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations in strategic locations and also established the biggest gas compression plant in West Africa in the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of a gas utilization forum organised by Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria in Imo State, managing director, NIPCO Gas Limited (NGL), Mr Sanjay Teotia, said the company is 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 said the company said it is providing plethora of infrastructure to facilitate use of gas as the preferred energy source to motorist and industrial concerns. Teotia said NGL, which is a subsidiary of NIPCO Plc would make significant investment to promote the auto fuel transition policy.
He noted that initiative was conceptualized to offer alternative fuel to motorist as a result of the huge sums of money been expended on fuel subsidy, as it provides cheaper fuel and improve efficiency of vehicles.
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Sanjay applauded the federal government’s initiative to ensure that more cars, especially commercial vehicles run on gas, adding that NGL has positioned itself strategically to ensure the realization of this noble objective to the benefit of Nigerians and clean environment.
Sanjay said the company’s efforts which has facilitated more motorist embracing 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, is in tandem with the Federal Government’s renewed initiative to enable motorist have the capacity to use both gas and petrol for vehicles.
According to him, 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.
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“We have since improved our manpower to key in appropriately into government vision on vehicle conversion to run on gas as more enquiry are been made in our outlets on how vehicles especially those running on petrol can be fitted with kits to use gas,” he said.
He noted that the NGL entry into the gas realm has created lots of employment opportunities for Nigerians.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja.