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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Federal Gov’t Retrofits Twin-fuel Engines On Locomotives To Lower Prices, Carbon Emission


The Federal Authorities has intensified efforts to retrofit Nigerian Railway Company (NRC) locomotives with dual-fuel engines, aiming to cut back operational prices by as much as 70% and reduce carbon emissions.

Minister of Transportation Sen. Mentioned Alkali acknowledged this throughout a go to to the Idu workshop of the NRC in Abuja, highlighting that Nigeria is the primary in Africa to implement this diesel-to-gas conversion.

Alkali additionally disclosed that the preliminary section will give attention to the Abuja-Kaduna rail hall.

An announcement on Tuesday by the Assistant Director of Press and PR within the ministry, Muhammad Tahir Zakari, quoted the minister to elucidate that the method, which started final month is presently at a sophisticated stage.

“If profitable, it is going to considerably cut back upkeep prices and carbon emissions, because the locomotives will primarily use fuel, eliminating fuel emissions throughout operation,” he stated.

Alkali emphasised that the retrofit will allow the engines to work on a dual-fuel system, with the locomotives operating 30% on diesel and 70% on fuel.

“On the time you wish to begin the locomotive, you utilize diesel. However as soon as began, it is going to swap over to fuel and hold transferring,” he acknowledged.

The Minister additional famous that the progress thus far consists of interfacing with engineers and getting ready for a take a look at run of the retrofitted engines.

He added that the take a look at will decide when the system will be absolutely deployed on industrial routes.

He stated, “The retrofit course of will start with the Abuja-Kaduna rail hall, provided that the workshop for the retrofitting is in Abuja. Subsequent phases will lengthen to all different rail corridors.”

This initiative follows a proposal by De-Sadel Consortium to the ministry on retrofitting diesel engines to LNG/CNG fashions, resulting in the formation of a technical analysis committee to supervise the venture.

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