Nipco restates commitment to FG’s gas revolution agenda
• Converts 5,600 vehicles engines from petrol to gas
In a bid to driving Nigeria’s gas revolution agenda and contribute to the promotion of cleaner environment, Nipco Plc has converted a total of 5,600 vehicles in Nigeria to use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from petrol base.
This move, the energy firm said, was one of its efforts to provide access and alternative to motorists to power their automobiles.The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Sanjay Teotia, who disclosed this on the sidelines of the just concluded 11th International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) in Abuja, maintained that the conversion of the 5, 600 vehicles were done at the company’s workshops in Benin, Edo State and Ibafo, Ogun State.
Expressing delight to be part of the Nigerian gas revolution debate with specific emphasis on the gains, challenges and opportunities; and how it affects the industry and the country’s development, Teotia maintained that the gas sector of the economy has gone through series of legislations including the Gas Master Plan aimed primarily at addressing some of the challenges by way of proffering solutions to boost the economy.
“Nipco has, since 2009 when it diversifies into gas, been supporting government efforts to harness the nation’s gas resources through massive investment in pipelines infrastructure and construction of stations for both Liquefied Petroleum Gas and CNG across the nation,” he said, adding; “We have inaugurated nine CNG stations and a compression station to aid natural gas access and utilization across the country.”
Continuing, the NIPCO boss said: “A total of 5,600 vehicles have been converted to use CNG at the company’s workshops in Benin, Edo State and Ibafo, Ogun State as one of the organisation’s efforts at providing access and alternative to motorists to power their vehicles.“With the inauguration of the compression station at ibafo in 2016 with a total capacity of 300.000 SCMD, gas is now being transported in cascades to other areas not linked with pipelines’ across the country.
“The diversification of the company’s operations in natural gas has created lots of employment opportunities for Nigerian technicians and thus aiding local content in the industry.”The company’s efforts in the industry, according to him, were exposing Nigerians to the latest technology in gas compression and conversion of vehicles.
He added: “Continuous exposure of Nigerian technicians to plethora of natural gas projects had provided veritable avenue them to gravitate properly in this very technical aspect of converting vehicles to run on gas.
“Nipco was able to put to use local content through a consistent and pragmatic policy in the area of human capital development which had even attracted the eulogy of the National Content Development Management Board [NCDMB] and other stakeholders especially in gas projects.”
He said the company’s avowed commitment to growing indigenous participation in the CNG initiative revolves around improving Nigerians abilities in a very pragmatic approach, noting that Nipco had improved over the years in its operations in natural gas with all its CNG stations and ancillary services manned and maintained by Nigerians.
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