Eco Bus maker and Power Gas have opened discussions to provide sufficient autogas filling stations in Nigerian cities where compressed natural gas-powered vehicles can be refueled.
This is sequel to a recent introduction of eco-friendly vehicles into the Nigerian market by Austrian Technologies Nigeria, an initiative expected to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles with its attendant hazards to human health.
The director, Sales and Strategy at Powergas Nigeria, Sumeet Singh, said the firm was already talking with Austrian Technologies Nigeria on the autogas issue and how to ensure easy access of the CNG by operators of the Natural Gas-powered Vehicles (NGVs).
He explained that there is the option of entering into an arrangement with managements and operators of existing filling stations in the country currently dispensing petrol and other petroleum products to provide standard spaces for installation of the CNG facility.
He said, “Getting the autogas stations in a ready state could be achieved within six to nine months (or earlier, if not for the Global Supply-Chain challenges), which is about the same period it will take to deliver the eco-green buses by the automaker after getting firm orders from stakeholders.”
Singh, who said his firm had about 50 gas-powered trucks currently operating in Nigeria, added that they are willing to build and partner for the provision of the CNG stations.
According to him, the CNG as an auto fuel is 50 per cent cheaper than alternate fuels (such as diesel), and with the current global price volatility of liquid fuels, domestic Nigerian natural gas is one of the best tools for Nigeria to combat inflation and rising prices.”
Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Technologies Nigeria Limited Mr. Johann Rieger had while announcing the introduction of the eco-friendly vehicles said the buses were built with European standards for critical climate and infrastructure while being considerate towards the price sensitivity of developing nations like Nigeria.