Staff of Ivory Coast bus company Société de Transport Abidjanais (SOTRA) and PETROCI (National Society of Petroleum Operations in Côte d’Ivoire) have undergone specialised training on compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles with representatives of GDF SUEZ. The training, which took place in December, allows the 35 participants to obtain the necessary clearance for the operation of four CNG buses recently acquired by SOTRA, in an experimental phase. The SOTRA initiative is in line with the Sustainable Development Charter issued by the public transport company, owned 60% by the Ivory Coast state and 40% by the company Irisbus/Iveco.
Philippe Liégeois and Patrick Subreville, renowned specialists of CNG to the Directorate of Research and Innovation of GDF SUEZ, delivered the training based on two modules:
• A module “theory” of natural gas, ATEX regulations, safety around vehicles and CNG stations, biomethane and optimization of vehicle fleets.
• A module “practice” with information on high-pressure circuits, including the production of parts in the shop, handling cutting, deburring, bending and assembly of high pressure couplings.
GDF Suez noted the high quality of assessment results and says PETROCI SOTRA are planning further training.