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Boost for CNG initiative as RT Briscoe Motors builds conversion centres

To align with the ongoing presidential initiative on compressed natural gas (Pi-CNG), RT Briscoe Plc, Motors Division, has set up conversion centres that will make…

To align with the ongoing presidential initiative on compressed natural gas (Pi-CNG), RT Briscoe Plc, Motors Division, has set up conversion centres that will make it possible for vehicles using petrol to switch to compressed gas.

The CNG conversion kits are manufactured in Europe with the one of the best global rating standards, while RT Briscoe Plc automotive division has trained a technical and professional team that can handle the installation.

The initiative, according to the auto manufacturer, would lower the cost of both institutional and corporate fleet operations, including individual vehicle buyers.

The Group Managing Director of RT Briscoe, Seyi Onajide, at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, said the automotive division of the conglomerate quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange had decided to set up a CNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) conversion facility in line with the federal government’s CNG initiative (Pi-CNG).

“We started the conversion of petrol or diesel engine cars into CNG and LPG without government funding; and we believe it is the future. We have successfully done that on some pick-up vehicles,” he said, adding that the firm had submitted a proposal to the presidential CNG committee.

“They invited us to participate in the CNG initiative. We believe that, the average vehicle owner in Nigeria and even commuters can benefit from this initiative because it has a lot of benefits. It will save cost for the motoring public,” he said.

Saying that the future looks promising, Onajide explained that the initiative would be impeded by the non-availability of CNG and LPG refilling stations as there are about three in Lagos.

To kick-start the project, he said, RT Briscoe Plc had approached some corporate institutions that are fleet owners with justifiable reasons to invest in building gas-refilled plants in their premises.

According to him, until gas refilling stations are readily available, CNG would be limited to big organisations that can house and store their gas.

Highpoint of the event was the inspection and hand-on test drive of the finished vehicle already running on petrol, but also converted to run on compressed natural gas.

Daily Trust reports that RT Briscoe Plc is engaged in the sale and servicing of Toyota vehicles, technical services, material handling and property development and management.

With the ongoing implementation of the Pi-CNG, which is a component of the palliative intervention of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, there is a projected $2.5 billion investment by 2027.

 

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