Emirates Transport (ET), a UAE government entity for organising and managing transport and maintenance services, reports 476 vehicles were converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is the first half of 2016. Eng. Amir Al Harmoudi, ET’s Executive Director of the Technical Services Division, confirmed that the Union Center for CNG vehicle conversions is the embodiment of the state’s efforts to protect the environment, meet sustainable development requirements and its ambitious vision for the UAE to become one of the best countries in the world by 2021.
Al Harmoudi said ET is unfolding an ambitious plan. In March this year, a new CNG refueling station was launched, the first of its kind in Dubai, in collaboration with Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). Currently, ET is working on a project in cooperation with ADNOC Distribution, to convert diesel vehicles and buses to dual-fuel (natural gas and diesel) operation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
He said that in the Emirates, CNG has acquired an importance at the environmental and economic levels as an ideal substitute fuel; it is considered one of the cleanest fuels, more secure and beneficial to the institutions and individuals compared with other energy sources. Revenue gained from the conversions, of 3.4 million dirham (USD 0.926 million), ensure sustainable development of the institution’s services system.
Mahir Al Sayed Ali, Director of The Union Center, explained that in addition to conversion of vehicles to CNG operation, his Center provides the technical services for maintenance and repair to the converted vehicles and all other support services to customers.
The Director added that the conversion process takes anywhere from 4 to 5 hours and does not require any modification to the car’s engine. A CNG fuel system is added, enabling the car to operate with a bi-fuel system (gas or petrol) at the option of the driver. He noted that according to the executed contracts, a period of 24 months or 100 thousand km, whichever is earlier, is provided for the warranty from the date of the conversion process, and that the center performs periodic maintenance to the converted vehicles to start from 20 thousand km or two months depending on the vehicle’s performance or customer feedback.
According to the price list approved by ADNOC, the cost of converting a 4-cylinder engine is 5,651 dirhams (USD 1,539), a 6-cylinder engine is 5,751 dirhams (USD 1,565), and the cost of converting an 8-cylinder engine amounts to 5,851 dirhams (USD 1,593).
(Source: Emirates Transport)