Nigeria officially launches gas expansion programme

As part of its commitment to providing alternative energy for Nigerians, the Federal Government has unveiled the National Gas Expansion Programme & the National Autogas Roll-out Initiative. The launch, which took place during a virtual event at the State House in Abuja, as well as at selected filling stations across 36 states of the federation, marked the official entry of the three alternative fuels, LPG, CNG and LNG, as options for transportation, industrial and domestic use.

“The administration of President Mohammadu Buhari is dedicated to implementing programmes that are focused on improving the life of its citizens, creating jobs, building indigenous technical expertise and stimulating other sectors of the economy,” commented the Minister of State and Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, during the launch.

He remarked that his Ministry is focusing on the development of skills, technology and manpower, as well as on the growth in the utilisation of LPG, CNG and LNG. He expressed that the availability of Autogas as an alternative fuel will afford Nigerians a cheaper, cleaner and eco-friendly option, with lesser impact on vehicles.

Moreover, President Buhari urged Nigerians to embrace the use of LPG and natural gas as alternatives to conventional fuels, and said that about one million cars are expected to be converted before the end of 2021.

“The roll-out of the National Gas Expansion Programme and Autogas initiative is coming at the right time, especially in light of global crude oil market fluctuations coupled with the full deregulation of the local PMS market,” he said.

The President said this initiative will enrich the trajectory of national economic growth and development, adding: “I therefore encourage everyone to embrace gas in form of LPG, CNG and LNG as an alternative fuel for autos and other prime-movers”.

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9 December 2020