May 22, 2024
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Nigeria Plans CNG Conversion for Tricycles and Automobiles

The Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) has announced a groundbreaking partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Research, Technology, and Innovation Division (NNPC RTI) to pioneer cutting-edge Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion technology for automobiles and commercial tricycles. This initiative aims not only to accelerate the conversion of tricycles from petrol-powered engines but also to enhance the overall efficiency of CNG-based vehicles.

Dr. Henry Adebowale Adimula, the Principal and Chief Executive of PTI, revealed this significant development ahead of the Institute’s third Biennial International Conference on Hydrocarbon Science and Technology, scheduled to take place in Abuja next Monday. Dr. Adimula emphasized that this innovative technology would significantly reduce the demand for petrol in the transportation sector while promoting environmentally friendly practices, according to The Guardian.

“The collaboration with NNPC RTI signifies a pivotal step toward revolutionizing our transportation systems. This technology not only streamlines the conversion process for tricycles but also ensures the optimal performance of CNG-based vehicles,” stated Dr. Adimula. He further highlighted that PTI has trained a cadre of skilled workers in modular refining capacity, underscoring the institute’s commitment to equipping the industry with essential manpower and cutting-edge technology.

The upcoming conference, themed ‘The Future of the Oil and Gas: Opportunities, Challenges, and Development,’ serves as a platform to showcase pioneering research outcomes in the industry. Dr. Tina Isichei, the Director of Research and Development at PTI, highlighted the collaborative efforts involving NNPC RTI, NNPC Academy, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), and the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) in organizing the event.

The initiative has received mixed reactions from the public, including Labaran Danjuma, a tricycle rider from the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, expressed enthusiasm for CNG-powered vehicles due to their cost-effectiveness and safety record. In contrast, Malam Umar voiced concerns about the availability of CNG supply, especially in smaller cities like Bauchi, reflecting the challenges that need to be addressed as this technology is adopted nationwide.

As PTI and NNPC RTI forge ahead with their ground-breaking research, the nation watches with anticipation, hoping that these advancements will pave the way for a sustainable and eco-friendly future in the transportation sector.

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