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Tanzania accelerates adoption of CNG-powered vehicles

In the race to enhance environmental sustainability across East Africa, Tanzania is pressing the gas pedal in the deployment of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Filling Station and Conversion Centers. The latest is the commissioning of “Master Gas,” centre, an investment that has the capacity to serve up to 800 vehicles daily, while the conversion unit can convert 1,000 vehicles annually.

The project was developed by TAQA Dalbit, a joint venture between TAQA Arabia and JCG Oil & Gas, to support the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation’s plan to increase the utilization of its natural gas reserves. Tanzania’s natural gas reserves are estimated at 57 trillion cubic feet, with a total annual production of 110 billion cubic feet from three fields: Songo Songo, Mnazi Bay, and Kiliwani North. This gas provides a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative for consumers.

Dr. Doto Mashaka Biteko, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Tanzania, commended TAQA Arabia and JCG Oil & Gas for their joint investment and support to the government. He stated, “We are on the cusp of a transformative shift in Tanzania’s energy landscape. The new CNG filling station and conversion center is a monumental achievement by TAQA Dalbit, demonstrating our nation’s technological prowess and commitment to a sustainable, greener, and economically efficient future.”

CNG-powered passenger vehicles are estimated to emit about 25 percent less CO2. CNG is, on average, 50 percent cheaper for consumers than liquid fuel, and the new filling station will increase the consumption of clean energy with minimal carbon content, making it environmentally friendly.

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CNG – Cleaner, affordable fuel

The conversion center can convert all types of vehicles, including passenger cars, multi-utility vehicles, sports utility vehicles, buses, and trucks. The CNG station is the first of 12 stations that TAQA Dalbit plans to deploy in the coming years in Tanzania to support the government’s strategic plans and increase the use of CNG as a cleaner, more affordable alternative fuel.

Rikin Shah, Group CEO of JCG, speaking during the ceremony, noted, “The provision of a combination of natural gas and traditional fuels will help us move our vision forward. Coming at a time when the cost of living is rising, motorists will be happy to know that this CNG station will provide a cheaper alternative for their daily vehicle use, and they can seamlessly convert their vehicles at our center.”

Announcing the commissioning, Ms. Pakinam Kafafi, CEO of TAQA Arabia, said, “With its know-how and track record of successful energy projects, TAQA Arabia is willing to support Tanzania in benefiting from its gas reserves and great energy potential in the most effective, efficient, and sustainable solutions. TAQA Arabia is also looking to add greater value to clients with natural gas distribution, conventional and renewable power generation and distribution, and other utility services that the company provides.”