Posted on November 24, 2012

Qatar took one more step towards reducing its carbon footprint when Minister of Energy and Industry, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP), HE Dr Mohammad bin Saleh al Sada inaugurated Qatar’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in the Industrial Area on Saturday.

Inaugurating the station, the minister said, “The successful completion and commissioning of this facility will contribute not only to making our clean gas resources available for our growing domestic fuel needs but also expanding the area of natural gas application to the transportation sector where its safety, burning qualities and environmental advantages make it a sustainable and effective alternative to petroleum products.” The setting up of the station is part of a feasibility study being undertaken by QP on using CNG as an alternative fuel.

QP and Mowasalat signed an MoU for cooperation in April 2012 in order to jointly evaluate the feasibility of introducing CNG to run public transport vehicles. Two buses were specially acquired and deployed by Mowasalat as part of the CNG pilot scheme with more buses and taxis to follow in the near future.

The pilot facility will be operated by Woqod. QP, in association with Mowasalat and Woqod, will ensure that the experience gained from this pilot project will serve as the basis for expansion of the CNG network to cover the whole country and to rapidly extend its use to other categories of vehicles in Qatar.

The pilot facility was built in a record time of less than three months and in accordance with the highest international safety and environmental standards. CNG is considered a green fuel, as it emits virtually no particulate matter (soot) and also significantly reduces amounts of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides all of which are harmful to human health or contribute to global warming.

The use of natural gas in transportation has seen huge growth in recent years as governments, local authorities and public transport companies are looking to substitute diesel and gasoline for more environmentally friendly fuels.

source: Qatar Tribune

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