Borkir International Company limited, a member of the Dangote Group of Companies, has signed a 20 year sales and purchase agreement with the Nigeria Gas Company Limited (NGC) to supply and distribute compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel for transportation in Nigeria, reports This Day Live. The partnership aims to better utilise the country’s vast resources of natural gas while also reducing flaring.
During the MoU signing ceremony, NGC Managing Director Mr. Saidu Mohammed said NGC is charged with the development of an efficient gas industry to fully serve Nigeria’s energy and industrial feedstock needs through an integrated gas pipeline network and also to export natural gas and its derivatives to the West African region.
Mohammed explained the CNG initiative would serve as an alternative vehicle fuel, which has a great future in Nigeria. “This partnership is not only to guarantee gas supply but it is equally going downstream to give guarantee to the vehicle users,” he is reported as saying.
Mohammed added that the use of CNG would displace liquid fuels and also reduce the over dependence of importation Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and diesel in the nation. “We have natural gas that can displace all of this and one of the ways is to invite every entrepreneur to partner with us because we cannot do it alone.”
In a separate report by Daily Trust, Chairman of Borkir, Alhaji Sani Dangote, explained during the ceremony a pilot conversion for gas usage had commenced with the enlistment of Dangote Group’s 5, 000 trucks which are being converted for dual-fuel usage (CNG/diesel). He apparently said up to 20,000 vehicles may be converted in the first year once the project gets underway.