Chinazor Megbolu |
The Federal Government has said it would kickstart autogas dispensing with effect from September 2020.
This was disclosed by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources at the weekend, hinting that selected fuel outlets across the country will begin to dispense autogas into vehicles before the end of September.
The ministry also noted that the autogas to be dispensed into automobiles are liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas amongst others.
The statement issued by the ministry showed that the Committee on National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) had been mandated to ensure the effective implementation and take-off of the project.
The NGEP, the ministry says its expectations is to promote gas as a replacement for fuel and also save Nigeria the foreign exchange expenditures on imported fuels.
It also said that it is an initiative geared towards providing alternatives to petrol, diesel and kerosene.
It further maintained that selected filling stations across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja had been notified in terms of the initiative.
Additionally, it stated that arrangements to collocate autogas dispensing facilities at the fuel outlets had reached advanced stages.
According to the statements; “consequently, plans have reached advanced stage in line with ministerial directive and support for the development of LPG, CNG and LNG collocation in National Nigeria Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-owned and operated mega stations in the 36 states and the FCT.
“Under this arrangement, retail outlets will offer a full complement of gas products as transportation fuels in addition to existing white products as cheaper, cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternatives”
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