ENGIE to fuel first buses with CNG in Cote d’Ivoire

French multinational electric utility company ENGIE and engineering firm Tractebel have collaborated to engineer, supply and install the first ever compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station in Abidjan.

The CNG fuelling station located on SOTRA’s premises in Yopougon will facilitate the operation of the new range of compressed natural gas buses.
When fully commissioned, the gas fuelling station will have a compression capacity of 1360 m³/h, ENGIE stated in a press release.

The station will be divided into two units, each equipped with two hoses, to enable four buses to charge at any one time.

The Abidjan station is the first stage in the Ivorian government and public transportation companies plan to increase the number of CNG buses and ensure that the region is working towards fulfilling its commitment to the Paris COP 21 agreement, it added.

With this move, the particle emission levels will be nearly zero and the Nitrogen Oxide emissions will be reduced by 60 per cent.

It will lead the way for other African countries that are keen to further embrace clean technologies. Countries including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon are monitoring the success of the initiative in order to replicate the project, the company stated.

As part of the deal between IVECO and the Société des Transports Abidjanais (SOTRA), 50 Crealis buses will run on compressed natural gas in Abidjan to serve the city’s wider urban area.

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