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Tinubu set to commission NASENI CNG Conversion Centre for sustainable energy solutions

Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI

*The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure affirms activation of the CNG Conversion project holding Friday, May 31 marks a milestone in its commitment to supporting the Federal Government of Nigeria on sustainable energy alternatives and a clean energy ecosystem

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, is scheduled to commission the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure’s (NASENI) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Conversion, Filling, Reverse Engineering and Training Centre, located in Utako, Abuja, FCT.

The agency, in a statement Wednesday, May 29, 2024, disclosed the landmark event, which holds Friday, May 31, would mark another NASENI milestone in its commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Agenda, particularly on sustainable energy alternatives and a clean energy ecosystem.

The NASENI-Portland CNG Conversion and Training Centre, a partnership between NASENI and Portland Gas Limited is described as a state-of-the-art facility for the conversion of fossil fuel vehicles to CNG, a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative in the Nigerian economy.

Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, Director of Information at NASENI, stated the centre equipped with the latest technology and staffed by highly trained professionals to ensure efficient and safe conversions, is aimed at building local capacity in CNG technology.

The agency also said  the project would offer comprehensive training programmes for technicians, engineers, and other stakeholders, fostering domestication of expertise in CNG systems and promoting the adoption of green energy solutions across the country.

Speaking on the development and pre-launch activities, Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, said the establishment of the NASENI-Portland Gas Reverse Engineering Centre marked a transformative moment for Nigeria’s energy sector.

Halilu explained that the CNG Centre underscores NASENI’s unwavering commitment to sustainable innovation and the development of home-grown technological and manufacturing capabilities.

The EVC/CEO of NASENI also stated: “At NASENI, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and providing affordable, eco-friendly fuel alternatives to Nigerians.

“The initiative is expected to significantly reduce vehicular emissions, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier environment.

“Additionally, the adoption of CNG will offer economic benefits by reducing fuel costs for consumers and creating new job opportunities in the Nigeria’s green energy sector.”

He equally noted: “NASENI invites all stakeholders, from vehicle owners to industry professionals, to take advantage of the services and training opportunities available at the new centres.

“Together, we can drive forward a greener, more sustainable future for Nigeria.”

According to the agency, in aligning with the Presidential directive on CNG (PCNGi), NASENI has a notable proficiency in automotive reverse engineering, exemplified by the successful local assembly of CNG kits.

NASENI’s team of engineers and technicians have skilfully assembled a comprehensive CNG sequential kit, comprising essential components such as Pressure Regulator, Petrol Solenoid Valve with manual override switch, On-Off valve and refuelling connector.

Others include Control Module/Change-over Switch, CNG level Indicator (LED Indicator), Gas Air Mixer, CNG cylinder with valve, vapour bag & bracket, Petrol hose, low-pressure gas hose, ignition advance processor, wire harness, and NRV in petrol return line.

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