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CNG-powered vehicles could save 50% in UAE

Abu Dhabi implementing public transport CNG conversion programme

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Compressed Natural Gas vehicle conversion programmes are being implemented in both developed and developing countries. (GETTY)
Compressed Natural Gas vehicle conversion programmes are being implemented in both developed and developing countries. (GETTY)

Abu Dhabi’s initiative to convert a quarter of its government vehicles and some taxis to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) by 2012 could lower fuel costs of these vehicles by nearly 50%, the Khaleej Times reports.

The newspaper reports that Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) which is installing CNG and Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) filling stations across the emirate and parts of the Northern Emirates said that over 500 vehicles including taxis are to be converted to run on the clean fuels.

Once the project is fully implemented, CNG could cost motorists AED1.28 or about US$0.35 per kilogram which is almost 50% cheaper than a gallon of petrol in the UAE.

ADNOC and other government authorities are setting up vehicle conversion workshops and installing the new filling stations.

According to ADNOC, 19 CNG stations are now operational in the first phase in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah with a number of vehicles being converted. In the second phase, 11 more stations will be completed in the three cities by 2012, the daily writes.

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