According to Dr Titus Mathe, manager of Saneri’s green transport program, they need to switch to alternative fuels immediately. He also stated that with the use of compressed natural gas is possible to reduce the air pollution to acceptable levels because it is a “clean energy”.
With the use of methane, says Stephen Rothman, manager director of CNG group, 75% of the polluting emissions in the air will be reduced, while there will be a decrease in the costs of up to 30%. In addition, he explained that the CNG group, in partnership with the Argentine company Galileo (that will supply the technology), has plans to spread the use of CNG in South Africa with the government support through Saneri’s projects.
The scheme involves the construction of a mother station with a capacity of 1,5 million of gigajoule in Langlaagte (Johannesburg), which was recently concluded and is being tested now. Thereafter, a filling point will be set up to evaluate the technology, and then four pilot projects will be established in conjunction with Saneri.
After this, they will put in operation a second mother station in order to supply the city of Gauteng. This will be followed by other mother station and distribution networks in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The project will also spread out to Cape regions, where the company will expand its infrastructure.