A move aimed at conserving energy through cost saving measures was yesterday realized as Dangote is set to convert 5,000 of its trucks from diesel powered to Compressed Natural Gas through a 20 year deal with the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC).
The latest move to boost industralization was unveiled by the Managing Director of NGC, Mr.Saidu Mohammed, during a plant tour of Prins AutoGas West Africa Limited, the company handling the CNG conversion for Dangote, Mohammed, explained that the aim of the partnership was to make gas available to industries and other sectors of the economy, noting that Nigeria is endowed with natural gas but does not put it to effective utilisation. Mohammed said the development further demonstrates government’s intention to implement it’s gas revolution master plan to the latter.
“There is no reason why half of the vehicles on Nigerian roads should not be converted to natural gas,”. The NGC boss urged other companies invloved in the use of other energy sources to embrace the use of natural gas because it is cost effective.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Dangote Group, Mr. Sanni Dangote, explained that the initiative from Dangote will see the company convert 5,000 of its trucks from diesel to CNG powered. Already, he said 1,000 of such trucks have been sucessfuly converted to CNG while the remaining 4,000 would be completed before the end of 2014. He explained further that the four cylinders mounted to a truck with each containing 180 standard cubic metres of CNG was capable of covering 700 kilometres.
On safety, the Chairman said all safety precautions have been put in place while certification of the CNG has been carried out in line with ISO standards of which SON is a member country.
He stated that all safety measures that cannot ignite any fire out break even in an accident situation has been taken into consideration, adding that the thickness of the cylinders have equally been tested with bullets at very close range without penetration.
He hinted further that there is a CNG plant at Obajana to be followed by other states where members of the public can drive into any filling station and fill up their gas cylinders, adding that this remained a commercial venture.
The NGC MD stressed further that the development of an efficient gas industry to fully serve Nigeria’s energy and industrial feedstock needs an integrated gas pipeline network aimed at exporting natural gas and its derivatives to the West African region.
He said the CNG initiative would serve as an alternative vehicle fuel, which has a great future in Nigeria, especially in view of the need to export more crude oil or refined products for additional foreign revenue.
Information from the The Sun News was used in this report.