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Engie and its engineering subsidiary Tractebel have installed a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Ivory Coast, a country in West Africa, to refuel 50 buses.
The station has been built as part of the Ivorian government’s commitment to the Paris COP 21 agreement to reduce emissions.
Engie’s CNG fuelling station is located at transport company Société des Transports Abidjanais’ (SOTRA) premises in Yopougon, a suburb within the city of Abidjan. Once fully commissioned, it is anticipated to have a compression capacity of 1360 m³/h and will feature two hoses, allowing four buses to charge at the same time.
The buses, delivered by Iveco, are expected to reduce particle emission levels to nearly zero and nitrogen oxide emissions by 60%.
Countries such as Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon are monitoring the success of the initiative and are hoping to replicate it.
In February, Iveco supplied 50 CNG buses to SOTRA to help reduce emissions and noise levels in Abidjan.