Vehicle Owners To Pay N250,000 To Convert Cars To Autogas – FG

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Derefaka Assistant (Gas Business & ) to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,

The Federal Government says car owners will pay up to N250,000 to have their vehicles converted to run on gas.

Derefaka, Adviser on Gas Business and Implementation to Minister of State for Petroleum, , made this known on Wednesday.

According to him, conversion of vehicles from petrol to run on gas will take at least seven hours at the various conversion centres across the country.

Derefaka, is also the Programme Manager, Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Project, stated this today while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by our correspondent.

The petroleum minister had said in September that the government will convert the vehicles of Nigerians to run on gas for free to cushion the effect of the hike in pump price of petrol.

But speaking on Wednesday, Derefaka said there are payment approaches to making the conversion, adding that vehicle owners can have agreement with commercial banks to their conversion done.

He said, “The conversion of your vehicle is not something that will take three weeks or seven days; it will take you around seven to eight hours because they (technicians) to do a diagnosis of your vehicle to see if it is fit for conversion. After that, they will test for roadworthiness and then proceed.”

When asked bears the cost for the conversion of the vehicles, the said, “ owns the car? The owner of the car basically will decide to say I want to run on autogas or or LNG and like the honourable minister had mentioned before, conversion has basic strands, you can with your and the will agree with the conversion centre to convert your vehicle, not for free entirely.

“The installer will put some form of mechanism that each you buy the gas; a certain amount will be deducted to pay for the conversion kit. Some people will say it is too expensive but I don’t think it is because within a period of five to seven months, you’ve already paid off the cost.

“The cost varies, it depends on the cylinder of the vehicle but on the average, it is around N200,000 to N250,000 and this is for a four-cylinder vehicle but it becomes a little bit higher for a six-cylinder vehicle.”

Derefaka noted that some centres have started the conversion already. “If you take your vehicle to some of the centres like the one commissioned yesterday (Tuesday), technicians and original equipment manufacturers are there so you can bring your vehicles for conversion to start running on gas.”

He also said 50 conversion centres will be upgraded and by January 2021, there will be conversion centres across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The minister’s aide said the move will reduce carbon emissions as well as the demand for petrol.

Economic Confidential had reported that the Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated the autogas in Abuja, insisting that it will be more economical to power automobiles using autogas rather than petrol.

The government had also said it would convert one vehicles to run on autogas before the end of 2020.