Nigeria: 100 outlets identified for conversion centres under national Autogas scheme

The Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN) has listed at least 100 filling stations throughout the country that will be used in the federal government’s Autogas pilot scheme rollout. According to the President of PETROAN Billy Gillis-Harry, the initiative would be replicated within the five divisional zones of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

For this, the association has signed a collaboration agreement with THLD International Logistics Limited on the use of retail outlets belonging to PETROAN as vehicle conversion centres.

The retailers will provide the outlets while the partnering company will be responsible for the training and provision of the technical infrastructure for the conversion centres. “This project is huge,” said Gillis-Harry. “With this partnership with THLD Group, motorists can be sure of simply driving into any of our outlets and getting their vehicle conversions done with ease.”

When it announced the programme in December last year, the federal government explained that the scheme would come with free conversion services to one million selected vehicles throughout the country, and that would act as a catalyst in the provision of cleaner, safer and better energy options for Nigeria.

“The Autogas initiative of the federal government came at the right time, especially in light of global crude oil fluctuations coupled with the deregulation of the local petrol market,” added Gillis-Harry. “The use of Autogas will not only cushion the effect of downstream deregulation but also create new markets and enormous job opportunities for our people.”

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28 April 2021