By Kunle KALEJAYE
More vehicles in Nigeria have begun to embrace the use of the compressed natural gas, CNG, to power their engines. About 3,000 vehicles in Benin City, Edo State are said to have switched over to CNG in view of its comparative advantage over premium motor spirit, PMS, also known as petrol.
This claim was made by the General Manager of Green Gas Limited, Mr. AnirudhNarula, while reflecting on the growing benefits of CNG.
Narula maintained that the efforts of GGL has given motorist a veritable avenue to save money as it has been proved that a shift from petrol to CNG can result in reduction of cost of travel by half.
This is premised on the current selling price of N97/litre of petrol compared with N55/Standard Cubic Meter (SCM) of gas, the equivalent of a litre being offered by GGL to vehicles running on CNG.
Giving a simple illustration of a journey from Lagos to Benin City covering 320km, he said the cost of the journey on petrol is about N6,208 against N2,093, on CNG, thus giving a saving of N3,275.
According to him, motorists in Benin, and its environs have been enjoying the savings following the inauguration of CNG stations in the ancient town, aside from other ancillary gains of using compressed gas as vehicular fuel.
He also explained that GGL has inaugurated scores of stations in Benin City and is now expanding to highways and other cities to provide avenues through which interested motorists can convert their vehicles to use CNG and re- fuel as well.
According to him, more CNG stations are being constructed in 10 different locations along the Benin-Warri Expressway; Benin-Abuja Expressway; Benin-Lagos Expressway; and in Warri metropolis, all in a bid to make access to CNG better for existing and prospective motorists.
Narula further argued that there is a huge potential in the country to convert more vehicles to use CNG despite government subsidies on petrol.
He maintained that CNG is a better option as vehicular fuel, considering the huge gas resources of the country, stressing that it is safer, efficient, cleaner and economical to use as auto- fuel.
He noted that GGL’s initiative in promoting access and use of CNG is a unique feat and in line with the transformation policy of President Jonathan- which harps on the exploitation of abundant natural gas reserves for the benefit of the people.
“It is instructive to note that of the three companies given the license to pioneer CNG revolution in 2007, only NIPCO showed enough commitment and this culminated in the joint venture scheme that led to the incorporation of GGL”, he said.
He noted that pioneering such a venture is a big challenge, the support of NGC has spurred GGL to double its efforts to enable the citizenry enjoy the benefits of the environment-friendly auto fuel.