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Adnoc reveals CNG pumping stations plan

UAE oil company awards contract to build eco-friendly network of filling stations.

UAE oil company, Adnoc, plans to build 16 compressed natural gas (CNG) pumping stations by the end of the year, it has been revealed.

The company is also planning to establish conversion workshops where petrol-run vehicles could be fitted with natural gas tanks in the boot, UAE daily The National reported on Wednesday.

Nine of the stations would be in Abu Dhabi, five in Sharjah and two in Al Ain and Adnoc said more would follow.

Another arm of Adnoc, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco), has awarded the contract for building and maintaining the 16 stations to a Munich-based company, Bauer Kompressoren, the paper reported.

Environmental experts say cars fuelled by CNG produce 90 per cent less carbon monoxide than regular petrol.

“In Adnoc Distribution we are actually starting a new business,” said Clark Munro, a sales engineer from Adnoc Distribution’s natural gas division, as he announced the plans.

“Adnoc Distribution and Abu Dhabi have taken the lead in the UAE, and now will further co-operate with other authorities in other emirates to start a national network of NGV [natural gas vehicle] fuelling stations.”

Adnoc 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.

At present 35 vehicles have been converted to run on CNG as part of a pilot project.

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