CEM REPOT, ENERGY | The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has signed a partnership deal with NIPCO Gas Limited to deploy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations across the country.
The deal will bring to bear CNG ready for commercial transport usage by the first quarter of 2024 (Q1’23) with the construction of 35 state-of-the-art CNG stations nationwide, including three Mother stations.
This is according to a press release by the NNPCL on its official Twitter handle signed by Garba Deen Muhammad, the company’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, titled NNPC, NIPCO Partner to Deliver CNG to Nigerians.
According to the release, the stations in operation will service over 200,000 vehicles daily noting that the first phase, comprising 21 CNG stations, will support intra-city transportation and be ready by the first quarter of 2024. While the second phase, comprising 35 CNG stations, will support inter-city transportation and will be ready by late 2024.
The Press Release reads
“As part of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited’s commitment to providing cheaper alternative fuel to motorists, the company is happy to announce a strategic partnership with NIPCO Gas Limited to deploy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations across the country.
“This landmark collaboration aims to expand our 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.
“Under the NNPC-NIPCO strategic partnership, 35 state-of-the-art CNG stations will be constructed nationwide, including three (3) Mother stations.
“Once fully operational, the stations can service over 200,000 vehicles daily, thereby significantly reducing the cost of automobile fuel for Nigerians and the cost of transportation.
“The project will be rolled out in phases. The first phase, comprising 21 CNG stations, will support intra-city transportation and be ready by the first quarter of 2024; While the second phase, comprising 35 CNG stations, will support inter-city transportation 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.
“NIPCO Gas Limited is currently operating 14 CNG stations across Nigeria and has converted over 7,000 vehicles to run on CNG. NIPCO’s technical competency and field experience will bolster this initiative’s success and amplify its positive impact on the Nation’s economy.
“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 expects further private sector participation by oil marketing companies to broaden CNG penetration and availability.
“NNPC Limited remains committed to reliably delivering energy while continuously creating value for Nigeria’s prosperous future alongside our partners.”