By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi company says six more stations built as part of planned network of 16 across the UAE
ADNOC Distribution said on Sunday it has commissioned its first compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, Khalifa A, and vehicle conversion centre in Abu Dhabi.
Abdullah Salem Al Dhaheri, director general of ADNOC Distribution, said a total of six CNG filling stations had so far been built as part of a plan to build 16 across the UAE.
ADNOC Distribution, in collaboration with its sister company Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (GASCO), intends to build 10 CNG stations in Abu Dhabi, two in Al Ain and four in Sharjah.
It also plans to build nine vehicle conversion centres, operated by specialist companies, state news agency WAM reported.
Al Dhaheri said: "Six CNG filling stations have already been constructed, including the Khalifa station. We expect that by the end of 2012, around 25 percent of the government vehicles will be converted to be run by CNG."
Al Dhaheri added that the commissioning of the first CNG filling station was part of efforts to realise goals of the Abu Dhabi Government's 2030 Vision of maintaining cleaner and pollution-free environment.
Environmental experts say cars fuelled by CNG produce 90 per cent less carbon monoxide than regular petrol.
Previously, ANOC said it would first focus on converting fleet vehicles, including the emirate’s silver taxis, utility company fleets, ADNOC’s own vehicles and Armed Forces and police vehicles.