The Federal Government has declared that filling stations will begin to dispense autogas into automobiles through selected filling stations across the country before the end of September.
The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources disclosed this through a document.
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The document stated that depending on the type of vehicle, the autogas planned to be dispensed into automobiles and other prime movers include; Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas.
It will be recalled that the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) was inaugurated in January 2020 by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, in furtherance of the domestic gas expansion programme of the Federal Government. Following its commission, the Committee on NGEP had been assigned to ensure the effective implementation and take-off of this initiative.
The NGEP is expected to promote gas as replacement fuel and also save the nation the much-needed foreign exchange expended on imported fuels by providing alternatives to petrol, diesel and kerosene.
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According to the report, plans to collocate autogas dispensing facilities at the outlets had reached advanced stages and selected filling stations across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory had been informed.
“Consequently, plans have reached advanced stage in line with ministerial directive and support for the development of LPG, CNG and LNG collocation in NNPC-owned and operated mega stations in the 36 states and the FCT.
“Under this arrangement, retail outlets will offer a full complement of gas products as transportation fuels in addition to existing white products as cheaper, cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternatives,” it read.