In a move aimed at encouraging the adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) has officially opened a state-of-the-art CNG filling plant in Lagos.

The newly commissioned facility is projected to serve a substantial number of vehicles, with an estimated daily capacity to fuel over 3,700 cars and 600 trucks that have been converted to run on CNG.

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Kayode Opeifa, the Executive Director of the Centre for Sustainable Mobility/Access Development (MenSMAD), provided details about the gas station, highlighting its location in the gas hub of Ilasamaja, Lagos State.

The plant, a collaboration between NNPC and Transit Gas Nigeria Limited (TGNL), boasts a capacity of 5.2 million standard cubic feet.

Opeifa explained that the facility comprises two main components: a compression plant and a dispensing outlet. The compression plant is responsible for increasing the value of natural gas by compressing it, while the dispensing outlet enables CNG vehicle owners to refuel.

Additionally, the plant will offer compressed gas in bottles or tubes for industrial production purposes. Its capacity to service approximately 3,700 cars or 600 trucks per day sets it apart from conventional filling stations.

Nagendra Verma, the Managing Director of NIPCO Gas, revealed that CNG is currently being sold at around N200 per standard cubic foot for cars, taxis, and tricycles, while heavy commercial vehicles can purchase CNG at N260 per standard cubic meter.

The establishment of the CNG filling facility aligns with the efforts of President Tinubu’s administration to promote the use of CNG-powered vehicle’s among Nigerians.

This initiative not only offers an environmentally friendly option but also contributes to reducing the country’s dependence on conventional fuels.

By providing accessible and efficient refueling infrastructure, the government aims to accelerate the adoption of CNG vehicles and foster a sustainable transportation ecosystem in Nigeria.