Yesterday the National Company for Petroleum Products Marketing and Distribution (NAFTAL) commissioned in Rouiba (east of Algiers) this new facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi. In a first stage, the station is expected to service mainly heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks with engines already converted to CNG before being extended to other types of vehicles.
The installation of natural gas dispensers at the filling station in Rouiba, located 22 km east of Algiers, is explained by its presence near a gas pipeline and major transportation companies. “It is a very important operation since the use of CNG will not only diversify the existing fuel but will also reduce pollution and fight against climate change,” said Yousfi.
As for the geographical distribution of this type of refueling stations, the minister assured that with the help of the authorities, these facilities will become widespread throughout the province of Algiers before being installed in big cities like Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Setif. To encourage the use of CNG, the ministry is also considering taking over half the cost of the conversion of vehicles, reported Algeria Press Service (APS).
For his part, Chairman and CEO of NAFTAL Said Akretche stated that the use of CNG completely changes the organization of the system of gas distribution. “We hope that this model station will allow expanding the use of natural gas in Algeria to replace diesel,” he added.