Nigeria’s First L-CNG Station Opens in Kaduna to Boost Clean Energy 

The L-CNG station is designed to address fuel scarcity and enhance natural gas distribution.

by Motoni Olodun

Nigeria has taken a major step towards achieving its clean energy goals by launching the first liquefied compressed natural gas (L-CNG) station in the country.

The L-CNG station, located in Kaduna state, was inaugurated by Greenville LNG, a leading natural gas company, on Tuesday, October 24.

According to the company’s statement on LinkedIn, the L-CNG station is designed to address the persistent problem of fuel scarcity and to enhance the distribution of natural gas across the country.

Natural gas is a cleaner and cheaper alternative to conventional fuels such as petrol and diesel. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.

The L-CNG station converts liquefied natural gas (LNG) into compressed natural gas (CNG) for refueling vehicles that run on CNG. The station has an LNG storage tank, an LNG pump, a gasifier, a group of gas cylinders, and a CNG filling machine.

The company said that the L-CNG station is not only a solution to the current energy challenges but also a catalyst for economic growth, especially in Kaduna state.

By promoting the use of L-CNG, the initiative supports local businesses and revitalizes the transport sector, creating employment opportunities and income generation in the region.

Greenville LNG plans to establish 25 L-CNG distribution hubs across the country, which will serve as reliable energy sources for fuel stations.

This ambitious project aligns with Nigeria’s vision to become a net exporter of natural gas and diversify its energy mix.

In August 2023, the Tinubu administration shifted its focus to CNG as a substitute for petrol after removing fuel subsidies, which led to a significant increase in pump prices.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) entered into an agreement with Nipco Gas Limited to set up CNG stations throughout the country, offering Nigerians a more affordable and sustainable option for fuel.

The collaboration aims to establish 56 CNG stations by 2024, focusing on intra-city and intercity transportation. Nipco Gas operates 14 CNG stations in various locations across Nigeria and has converted over 7,000 vehicles to run on CNG.

Launching Nigeria’s first L-CNG station is a significant milestone in the country’s energy landscape. It addresses the need for cleaner energy sources and bolsters the nation’s energy infrastructure and local economies.

It also demonstrates Nigeria’s commitment to the global efforts to combat climate change and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Nairametrics

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