Tuesday, May 13, 2008

200 NGV stations to encourage gas use

Bernama (13/5/08): Petronas had been directed by the government to have 200 stations ready for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in a bid to encourage gas use in vehicles, the Dewan Rakyat was told Tuesday.

Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, said currently there were 73 such stations operating and two more would be ready this month.

"Twenty-five NGV stations will be ready by the end of this year while 100 more will be ready in 2009," Shahrir said in reply to Dr Che Rosli Che Mat (PAS-Hulu Langat).

Dr Che Rosli wanted to know the status of NGVs which used compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their energy source and whether there was sufficient infrastructure to encourage consumers to switch from petroleum to CNG and LNG.

Shahrir said the gases were being used as an alternative in private vehicles and commercial and public transportation vehicles in the country, adding that the gases were also exported.

The infrastructure to be developed would support about 10,700 NGVs, he said.

Shahrir said many in the industrial sector used CNG as an energy source and it was piped directly to factories and independent power producers.

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