IVECO Crealis CNG-Powered Buses for Côte d’Ivoire

| Côte d'Ivoire, Abijan and France, Lyon

Iveco CrealisLyon based bus manufacturer Iveco Bus, with some 6,000 natural gas powered buses currently operating in Europe, says it is delivering the first-ever high-value CNG buses on the African continent. It has just signed an order for 50 Crealis 18-metre CNG buses for the Abidjan Transport Company SOTRA. Read more »

SEAT Plans North African Campaign, NGVs Included

| Algeria, Algiers

SEAT Ibiza launched by SOVAC in AlgeriaSpanish automaker SEAT has turned its attention to Algeria, where the Volkswagen Group inaugurated a multi-brand vehicle assembly plant in Relizane last year, to raise the profile and stimulate the market for Compressed Natural Gas-powered vehicles. Volkswagen, which has committed in Europe to the ongoing development of high quality natural gas vehicles (NGV), is represented in Algeria by local company Sovac S.p.A. Read more »

Egyptian Government Finances Vehicle Conversions to CNG

| Egypt, Cairo | Source: Daily News

Egyptian CNG vehicle conversionThe Egyptian government’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has signed a contract worth EGP 10m (approx. USD 0.564m) with Natural Gas Vehicles Company (Cargas), to finance a vehicle conversion project.  Read more »

IGU on World Energy Outlook 2017: Natural Gas a Fuel Unmatched

| Spain, Barcelona

IGU Logo (full)The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has published World Energy Outlook 2017 in which the central theme is of a world in energy transition as traditional ways are upended in favour of renewables and cleaner choices through technology advancements. The International Gas Union (IGU) draws much optimism from the report which cites the “strong environmental dimension” in the case for natural gas and lauds natural gas’ “multiple roles across the energy system that no other fuel or technology can match”. Read more »

Time for Policy Change in Nigeria, NIPCO Argues

| Nigeria, Lagos
NIPCO CNG Station (Sapele)

NIPCO CNG Station (Sapele)

Nigeria has an abundance of natural gas yet it continues to import liquid fuel at high cost for its energy requirements, particularly for vehicle fuel. It is this paradox that was discussed when members of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) met in Lagos last week to focus on the prospect of converting the transportation sector to natural gas. Read more »

Gas-fueled KAMAZ a Top-Ten Finisher in 2017 Africa Eco Rally

| Russia

KAMAZ Rally truck at Eco Africa 2017The 2017 version of the Africa Eco Race, held in North Africa since 2009, has served the purpose of the KAMAZ team by drawing attention to the possibilities and performance of natural gas as a fuel for transportation. The gas-fueled KAMAZ led by Sergey Kupriyanov finished among the top ten in the final standings and was best among hybrid vehicles. Read more »

CNG National Fleet on the Rise in Nigeria

| Nigeria, Lagos

CNG refueling in NigeriaNigerian Independent Petroleum Company, NIPCO Plc, a downstream petroleum and gas operator, reports the number of vehicles in the country utilising Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) now more than 6,000, up from the 5,000 NGVs reported in August 2015. Read more »

Cummins Africa Sets Up CNG Engine Training Course

| South Africa, Gauteng

Cummins Westport ISL G EngineCummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility in Gauteng. The initiative suggests there is growing interest and demand in South Africa for natural gas as a viable fuel for transportation. Trainees will have access to two Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines, one for dismantling and rebuilding, and the other for demonstration and technician testing. Read more »

Metrobus Dual-fuel CNG Fleet Nears Completion in Joburg

| South Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa Metrobus CNGMetrobus, as the municipal-owned provider of public transport for the city of Johannesburg, last year undertook to convert some of its current diesel buses to Diesel Dual Fuel (DDF) and procure Euro-5 DDF buses, which are more friendly to the environment in terms of carbon emissions. Altogether, 150 CNG buses were ordered and delivery is now in its final stages. Read more »