Starting December this year, Emirates transport (ET) will begin converting its diesel vehicles to dual-fuel systems using compressed natural gas (CNG). The implementation of the conversion policy follows a successful six-month trial of dual-fuel engines and is aimed at cutting transport-related emissions. The policy is described as a first for the region.
According to a report published by UAE’s ‘The National’, Maher Al Refai, technical services centre manager at the Emirates Transport, says that since 2010, the authority has been converting petrol vehicles to CNG. Already about three quarters of the 7,000-strong taxi fleet has been converted. Now, attention is turning to higher polluting diesel vehicles – buses, service vehicles and lorries for dual-fuel conversions, with the expectation that these vehicles will switch to minimum 50% natural gas operation.
“Already we have orders from Dubai airports to convert its 1,000 diesel vehicles,” Mr Al Refai reportedly said.
Availability of refuelling infrastructure is a concern, but plans are in place to add a CNG dispenser at all ADNOC filling stations, and in the meantime there is access to mobile CNG refuellers, by application.
New ET Driving Institute – CNG for all vehicles
Emirates Transport Driving Institute, which operates under Emirate Transport Logistic Services Division, has been officially opened, reports an ET press release. Built on an area covering 40,000 square metres at a cost of 18.5 million dirhams (USD 5 million), the Institute has 70 training vehicles, all marked for conversion to CNG.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, general manager of Emirates Transport confirmed the Institute’s intention to operate only with CNG-powered vehicles, adding that 50 more vehicles have been ordered. The Institute has capacity to train 200 learners daily.
Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of the Roads and Transport Agency, who attended the opening ceremony, confirmed that the Emirates Transport Driving Institute will be the first government establishment of its kind in the emirate of Dubai and praised the high standards and latest technologies that will be employed to train new drivers.
(Source: Emirates Transport)