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Dangote's Firm Begins Converting Trucks To Use Gas by Nobody: 10:56am On Jun 13, 2013
..he has done it again.. He is still doing it oh...
What FG+LawMakers cannot think of, he is working on it...

I saw the new inside the Punch Daily but could not find the exact script online... But here is another version from Tribune

PunchNG:

A major leap in the ongoing efforts at providing gas as alternative automobile fuel was taken on Monday, when Sagas Energy Company Limited, a subsidiary of Dangote Group and the pivot of the new technology in Africa, began the conversion of heavy-duty trucks for use of gas as fuel.

Of the 5,000 trucks belonging to Dantrans, the haulage arm of the Dangote Group, which were scheduled for conversion as of the time of this report, about 200 had been successfully converted to the new system, for the trucks to be able to run on both gas and diesel (dual fuel usage).

The conversion ceremony, held in Lagos on Monday and witnessed by top officials of Sagas, Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and the partnering Prins Autogas West Africa Limited, was in furtherance of the execution of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed three months ago between Sagas and the NGC.

Source: http://tribune.com.ng/news2013/en/news/item/14080-dangote-subsidiary%E2%80%99s-trucks-now-to-use-gas.html
Re: Dangote's Firm Begins Converting Trucks To Use Gas by Nobody: 11:00am On Jun 13, 2013
http://peoplesdailyng.com/sagas-energy-begins-conversion-of-nigerian-vehicles-for-gas-use-as-auto-fuel/:


SaGas Energy begins conversion of Nigerian vehicles for gas use as auto fuel

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

A major leap in the on-going efforts at providing gas as alternative automobile fuel was taken yesterday, when Sagas Energy Company Limited, a subsidiary of Dangote Group and the pivot of the new technology in Africa began the conversion of heavy-duty trucks for use of gas as fuel. The conversion ceremony, which held in Lagos yesterday and witnessed by top officials of Sagas, Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and the partnering Prins Autogas West Africa Limited, was in furtherance of the execution of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed three months ago between Sagas and the NGC.

Of the 5,000 trucks belonging to the haulage arm of the Group, Dantrans, which were scheduled for conversion as at the time of this report, about 200 has been successfully converted to the new system and now, the trucks are able to run on both Gas and Diesel (dual fuel usage). Under the arrangement, the NGC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is to exclusively supply Sagas with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for 20 years while Sagas converts PMS (petrol) and diesel engine vehicles in Nigeria with kits to adapt the engines to the use of gas as obtained elsewhere outside the African continent.

Journalists and guests were conducted round the conversion centre at Ikeja where the conversion process was going on. Chief Operating Officer of Prins Autogas, Henry Van Tienen, rode on an already converted truck test-driven to the admiration of all present. Tienen explained that the conversion was a novel technology in Africa and that the use of gas either as alternative fuel or a mix blend with diesel has advantages over any other fuel currently in use.
According to him, with the kick-off of the conversion, Nigerians are in for a new technology that would help in conserving fuel, and could deploy the abundant natural gas into good use with a cleaner environment.

He disclosed that conversion centers would be established at various points across the federation while the gas filing stations would located at the fuel filing stations through accredited dealers scattered across the country. Tienen said the use of the new technology is safe, convenient, cheaper and more efficient and that as time goes on most Nigerians would prefer the technology to the traditional fuel.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Sagas, Sani Dangote, expressed happiness at the commencement of the vehicle conversion soon after the agreement was signed with the NGC, saying the ceremony was meant to demonstrate to the public the capability of Sagas to deliver as promised during the agreement signing.
The Sagas boss disclosed that 5,000 trucks would be converted within a year and that the kit to convert 1000 are already on ground and advised commercial vehicle owners as well as in industrial and private owners to avail themselves of the benefits of the new technology.

He stated that the Sagas would source gas from the NGC, through its vast network of pipelines and compress it to a cheaper, cleaner and sustainable alternative fuel or dual fuel for profitable business. In his remark, the Managing Director of NGC, Engr. Saidu Mohammed described the agreement as part of the gas revolution agenda of the government saying the nation has enough gas and that it was a good thing that the gas is being domesticated for commercial use.

Engr. Mohammed said he was overwhelmed by what he saw and that going at the present level, not less than half of the vehicles on Nigerian road would have been converted as it would have been established that the new system is cost-effective and would certainly reduce the cost of vehicles maintenance.
He stated that NGC with a network of about 1,500 km gas pipeline, Nigerians would be able to get affordable gas as fuel, safe and devoid of environmental pollution.
He however advised that the system should be domesticated as soon as possible so that the conversion kits and the cylinders would be manufactured locally in order for the employment generation aspect to felt quickly.

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