The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has announced a strategic partnership with NIPCO Gas Limited to construct 35 state-of-the-art Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations nationwide, including three (3) mother stations, with the target of servicing over 200,000 vehicles daily, thereby significantly reducing the cost of automobile fuel for Nigerians and the cost of transportation.
Garba Deen Muhammad, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Ltd, made this known in a statement released and obtained by EnergyDay on Thursday.
EnergyDay’s check showed that NIPCO Gas Limited, a leading gas company in Nigeria has made significant CNG penetration across the country, currently operates 14 CNG stations across Nigeria, and has converted over 7,000 vehicles presently running on CNG.
Meanwhile, the NNPCL spokesperson said that the NNPC-NIPCO strategic partnership, stations across the country is part of the company’s commitment to providing cheaper alternative fuel to motorists, and in furtherance of President Bola Tinubu’s directives on the CNG adoption.
He said, “The landmark collaboration aims to expand NNPCL’s CNG infrastructure, improve access to CNG, and accelerate the adoption of cheaper and cleaner alternative fuel for buses, cars and Keke NAPEP, which will significantly reduce the cost of transportation and engender sustainable national economic growth.
“Once the 35 state-of-the-art CNG stations will be constructed nationwide, including three (3) mother stations are fully operational, they will service over 200,000 vehicles daily, thereby significantly reducing the cost of automobile fuel for Nigerians and the cost of transportation,” he said.
Garba Deen noted that all the projects will be rolled out in phases, adding that phase 1, will comprise 21 CNG stations, which will support intra-city transportation and be ready by the first quarter of 2024.
He added that the second phase, comprising 35 CNG stations, will support inter-city transformation and will be ready by late 2024. This will be further complemented by an additional 56 stations to be deployed by NNPC Retail across the country.
NNPC said that NIPCO’s technical competency and field experience will bolster the initiative’s success and amplify its positive impact on the Nation’s economy.
The national oil company said, “This initiative will leverage Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources to bring multiple benefits to Nigerians, including access to cheaper fuel, reduced cost of transportation, reduced carbon emissions, create new business value chains and streams of job opportunities.”
NNPC Limited encouraged private sector participation from oil marketing companies with the intention of promoting the use of CNG in Nigeria, which it described as a cleaner and more affordable alternative to traditional fuels.
The company said that it is committed to reliably delivering energy while continuously creating value for Nigeria’s prosperous future alongside our partners.