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Ivorian Buses to Run on CNG

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Amadou Kone, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Transport, and several government Ministers gathered to launch a ground-breaking initiative as part of the country’s commitment to the Paris COP 21 agreement. The Minister unveiled a fleet of buses commissioned by the Société des Transports Abidjana is (SOTRA), supplied by IVECO and fueled by CNG. ENGIE and Tractebel collaborated to engineer, supply and install the first ever CNG fueling station in Abidjan. The CNG fueling station is located on SOTRA’s premises in Yopougon, Abidjan, and will facilitate the operation of the new range of compressed natural gas buses. When fully commissioned, the gas fueling station will have a compression capacity of 1,360 m³/h, and will be split into two units, each equipped with two hoses, enabling four buses to charge at any one time. 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.As part of the deal between IVECO and SOTRA, 50 Crealis buses will run on CNG in Abidjan. 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.