ENGIE, an independent power producer is set to fuel several of Cote d’Ivore’s buses with compressed natural gas, as the West African nation moves to combat climate change.
Cote d’Ivore’s Minister of Transport, Mr Amadou Kone, and several government Ministers gathered this month to launch the ground-breaking initiative as part of the country’s commitment to the Paris COP 21 agreement.
The Paris Agreement is a treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.
In line with this agreement, Minister Kone has unveiled a fleet of buses commissioned by the Société des Transports Abidjanais (SOTRA), supplied by IVECO and fuelled by compressed natural gas. ENGIE and Tractebel, an engineering consultancy, collaborated to engineer, supply and install the first ever compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station in Abidjan.
The CNG fuelling station is located on in Yopougon, Abidjan, and will facilitate the operation of the new range of compressed natural gas buses.
ENGIE and Tractebel have a unique level of expertise and a local presence that was vital to the success of the venture. They are specialists in delivering infrastructures which provide alternative fuels for green mobility solutions.
The Abidjan station is the first stage in the Ivorian government and public transportation companies plan to increase the number of CNG buses and ensure that the region is working towards fulfilling its commitment to the COP 21 agreement.
More importantly, it will lead the way for other African countries that are keen to further embrace clean technologies. Countries including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon are monitoring the success of the initiative with the intention of replicating the project.
The particle emission levels will be nearly zero, and their Nitrogen Oxide emissions will be reduced by 60%. The buses will serve within Abidjan’s wider urban area.