Dubai, UAE; April 12, 2016: Emirates Gas, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), has inaugurated a mini Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Daughter station at Al Ahli Driving Centre in Al Quoz, Dubai, to supply the organisation’s fleet of vehicles with natural gas.
The dedicated CNG station is part of an agreement signed by Emirates Gas and Al Ahli Group in late 2015 aimed at converting the Group’s fleet of 450 vehicles to use the environmentally friendly CNG. With a capacity of 1,500 cubic metres, Al Ahli’s mini Daughter Station is capable of refuelling approximately 150 to 200 passenger cars or light commercial vehicles per day.
H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “At ENOC, we strive to promote the UAE’s environmental sustainability. Experts estimate that, compared to gasoline vehicles, natural gas vehicles show an average reduction in ozone-forming emissions of 80 per cent, which makes the switch to CNG crucial in the plans for the UAE to become a greener country. With our new facilities, we will not only help meet the current demand for natural gas, but will also support organisations in their efforts to become more environmentally friendly.”
This is the third CNG Daughter Station that Emirates Gas has opened in March this year, including a 5,200 cubic metre facility at Emirates Transport in Al Qusais and an additional 1,500 cubic metres station at Emirates Driving Institute premises.
At the unveiling event, Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director, ENOC Marketing, said: ““As a company committed to sustainable development, we are very proud of supporting Al Ahli Group’s efforts to develop a greener fleet of vehicles. ENOC is placing a strong focus on promoting the use of greener alternative fuels in Dubai and we are looking forward to overseeing the switch to CNG of many other companies within the transportation industry.”
“Providing the convenience of on-site facilities such as Emirates Gas/ENOC Daughter and mini Daughter Stations certainly encourages organisations to consider the switch to CNG. We hope many more companies will follow suit and implement green initiatives within their operations,” said Nader Al Fardan, General Manager of Emirates Gas.
Emirates Gas/ENOC introduced CNG to the emirate of Dubai as an alternative ‘greener’ fuel option and has since invested heavily to promote the use of CNG. Emirates Gas has also been working closely with RTA to come up with innovative ways to bring CNG into public transport with a view to enhance environment protection.