OVER 6,000 VEHICLES IN NIGERIA NOW USE GAS SAYS NIPCO BOSS

Over 6,000 automobiles including cars and mini buses use gas as auto fuel in Nigeria, Managing Director, NIPCO Plc., Mr Venkataraman Venkatapathy, has said. He revealed this in a presentation at the just concluded Nigeria Gas Association (NGA) conference in Abuja.

He said that the gas usage came with considerable savings and other benefits to the motorist in particular and the nation in general. He said that the diversification of the company’s operations into the natural gas sector created vista of opportunities for enhancement and empowerment of local content in the industry.

Represented by General Manager, Green Gas Ltd, a JV of Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and NIPCO, Rajesh Prabhu , the NIPCO’s boss stated that the CNG revolution, which had offered alternatives for motorist to power their vehicles with gas courtesy of the partnership with Nigerian Gas Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has exposed the local content to the latest technology in gas compression and conversion of vehicles to use gas instead of liquid fuels.

Reeling out statistics on the vehicles running on CNG courtesy of the JV initiative, Venkatapathy said that over 6,000 automobiles including cars, mini buses are using gas as auto fuel with considerable savings and other benefits to the motorist in particular and the nation in general.

The development of Nigerian Content through plethora of projects tailored around harnessing of human capital, he added, remains a central objective of the company in the hydrocarbon industry.

Citing the example of compressed natural gas projects, which had resulted in the inauguration of eight stations in Benin, Edo State and Ibafo, Ogun State along with four CNG workshops, the MD explained that the efforts had provided veritable avenue for the local content to gravitate properly in this very technical aspect of converting vehicles to run on gas.

According to him, the company was able to utilise the local content through a consistent and pragmatic policy in the area of human capital development, which has even seen the organisation surpassing standards set by the Nigerian Content Development Act [NOGICD] 2010 in all its gas projects.

Mr. Venkatapathy pointed out that vehicle conversion to enable motorist use gas as auto fuel is now fully manned by Nigerians as the technology has been effectively transferred to them as against when the project took of years back.

He also cited the empowerment provided for Nigerians in the production of Gas Air Mixers, an aluminium casting