Algeria bets on Autogas to achieve energy efficiency and face vehicle pollution
With an ambitious program to face the increasingly serious environmental challenges and the inexorable falling of hydrocarbon resources, Algeria aspires to achieve unprecedented levels of energy efficiency in many sectors, including transport. This is why it is betting on the conversion of vehicles to LPG. This market presents undeniable opportunities for the country, taking into account first of all the availability of resources and its advantages both economic and environmentally.
For this conversion program, the government has allocated a budget of 5 billion dinars (32 million euros). The project is led by a structure under the Ministry of Energy Transition, the National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalisation of Energy Use (APRUE).
There are currently 850 Autogas conversion centres operational across the country, of which 50 are run by the state-owned oil company Naftal. The program will be spread over one year and should serve as a test for the actions envisaged in the short and medium term, within the framework of the gradual abandonment of conventional fuels, in priority for light vehicles.
Thanks to advantageous taxation, Autogas remains the cheapest fuel on the market, since it costs only 9 dinars (6 euro cents/litre), while gasoline costs 5 times more. “Motorists driving on LPG have the advantage of being able to save on their fuel consumption, in addition to being exempt from paying the annual sticker which taxes pollution. This varies between 500 dinars (3.15 euros) for passenger cars and 10,000 dinars (63 euros) for commercial vehicles,” according to an expert from a company specialising in the installation of kits.
According to figures from the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, there are currently 600,000 vehicles running on Autogas in Algeria. The target is to reach 1.5 million by 2030. For more information, please visit this link.
23 November 2022