Today, the first NGV and other clean fuels’ gathering in Africa has kicked off. The speakers present at the Event Opening Ceremony agreed that this is a true landmark for the transportation future.
Carel Snyman (Green Transport, SANEDI – South African National Energy Development Institute) introduced the speakers and, in the same sense, expressed: “This is the start of a golden age for natural gas in South Africa and in the whole Africa. This is also the start of a new industry and we are very excited about this.”
The first speaker was Kadri Nassiep (CEO, SANEDI) who highlighted the presence of worldwide international actors and said: “We are transforming landscapes and the country. SANEDI is committed to this change. The transformation is possible not only in transportation but also in jobs’ creation. We have very exiting projects ongoing and our role if being a coordinator of them, taking the best out of South Africa’s potential.”
Then, Diego Goldin (Executive Director, NGV Global) told the audience that NGV Global is “delighted to support every new country that comes into the industry and help it to enjoy the benefits of this fuel in transportation.” He added: “Natural gas is in not only friendly for the environment but also for people, because it allows the creation of new jobs, cost reductions and savings in population´s health. We are eager to help South Africa with standards and regulations issues and with the introduction of our members as suppliers.”
Lennart Pilskog (Secretary General, NGVA Europe) stated: “South Africa has amazing opportunities to grow because it has the political ambition to reduce oil imports; it is near to have new oil findings and its own shale gas reserves and LNG ships arrive in Cape Town every day.”
“What we have to do now is to work together: politicians, the industry, distributors and consumers. If we do that, this sector will be a success in the coming years,” he concluded.
At last, Gabriele Gozzi, (Former president of NGV Global and BoD member and responsible of associations with NGV Italy) focused on the great opportunities that South Africa and Africa have for making natural gas a mass industry and offered to the country the whole spectrum of services and products of NGV Italy’s members -some of them part of the exhibition-. “Italy is the first country in using natural gas for vehicles. That is why we’ve been through all the process of finding and solving problems. We will be glad to share with you our training and expertise,” he said.
After all, these keynote speakers, together with Alejandro Gardella, director of NGV Communications Group, organizer of the event, participated in the ribbon-cutting, which was followed by a welcome cocktail.