So far, about 6,000 vehicles have been fitted to run on gas since 2009 when the initiative was launched in Benin, Edo State, NIPCO Plc has disclosed.

The oil firm said it is committed to ensuring that more vehicles run on gas so as to improve efficiency and guarantee cleaner environment.

According to the Managing Director, NIPCO Gas Limited, Mr Sanjay Teotia, the firm’s commitment to provide access to motorists to convert their vehicles to run on gas is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s renewed initiative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

He stated 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.

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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.

Teotia who described Federal Government’s gas initiative as very apt, said it would spur the use of gas in transportation.

He 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.

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Teotia 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.

Teotia said, “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 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.”

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