As part of its mission aimed at reducing carbon footprints in Qatar, Mowasalat, the State-owned transport company, is to add 60 new buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) to its growing fleet of vehicles. The buses will hit the roads soon. It is in support of the ongoing countrywide green campaign and also to replace the traditional fuels that Mowasalat has made a shift towards the internationally acclaimed CNG-buses, according to company chairman and managing director Jassim Saif al-Sulaiti.
Late last year, al-Sulaiti had announced the launch of the first CNG bus on the Doha roads in a pilot programme that the company embarked upon in line with the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
The CNG buses are costlier owing to the superior technologies in their operations and Mowasalat is working to reduce such costs to be on par with the levels similar to those of ordinary buses, said al-Sulaiti. He said that the company’s commitment towards the community requires it to put into practice its effective environment friendly programmes.
Al-Sulaiti said as a leading regional transport solutions company Mowasalat seeks to utilise Qatar’s abundant clean energy and is working to establish a base for the significant development of this project which will be put into practice shortly.
“However, we are very careful in implementing some vital measures to convert vehicles to use CNG in a first-of-its kind initiative in Qatar. We, therefore, look forward to operating more and more CNG vehicles, making use of the gas industry in Qatar, which is one of the largest in the world,” said al-Sulaiti.
The country’s first CNG Fuelling station was opened in November 2012.