The ANGVA Roundtable Session UAE in Dubai, held 27th – 28th Feb, received overwhelming support from both local and overseas NGV players, reports Lee Giok Seng, ANGVA’s Executive Director. The Roundtable Session was hosted by Emirates Gas LLC (EMGAS), a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company Ltd LLC (ENOC). Speakers from UAE and overseas shared their experiences and expertise on developing successful and sustainable NGV programme and business models, and also on the latest development and application of NGV technologies.
UAE is implementing its NGV programme to reduce the harmful emissions from vehicles. It was reported that soon ADNOC will make compressed natural gas (CNG) available from 17 stations i.e. 11 in Abu Dhabi, 2 in Al Ain and 4 in Sharjah.
For Dubai, EMGAS will implement its CNG programme in two phases: Phase I will consist of construction of 2 mother stations, 2 conventional (online) stations and 5 daughter stations (including daughter stations constructed at the fleet operator premises). Phase II will consist of construction of 6 mother stations, 19 conventional stations and 11 daughter stations in Dubai and Northern Emirates. The two phases will be from 2011 to 2014.
The Roundtable was officiated by H.E. Dr. Mariam Hassan Alshenasi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Water, representing H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water of UAE. Other dignitaries present were Mr. Saeed Khoory, Group Chief Executive of ENOC, Mr. Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director – Marketing of ENOC, Mr. Hesham Ali Mustafa, Senior Director Gas Marketing, EMGAS, and Mr. Gabriele Gozzi, President of NGV Global. Also present were senior officials from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Ltd (ADNOC) Distribution, key government departments such as ESMA, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Dubai Taxi, representatives of local and overseas NGV industries, and local media.
Among the speakers were Mr. Assylbek Battalkhanov of KAZTRANSGAS LNG who spoke about the plan and development of NGV in Kazakhstan; Dr. Stefan Behrning of TUV Germany who spoke about NGV safety; Mr. Danny Praditya of PT CNG Ltd who spoke about how his company is pushing ahead with the NGV business in Indonesia as a private investor; and Mr. Fazal Ali Khan of EMGAS who spoke about the NGV programme in Dubai.
As a post event to the ANGVA Roundtable Session, a site visit to the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)’s refuelling station was arranged for delegates. The station has been in operation for more than 4 years supplying CNG to SEWA’s vehicles. This station also supplies CNG (via truck) to the two Abras (boats) that were converted in UAE in December 2007, and carries out natural gas vehicle maintenance and conversions.
This item compiled using information from an ANGVA press release.