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SON releases 80 new standards for CNG road vehicles, to promote safety in energy sector

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has officially released 80 approved standards for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and appliances related to the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative(PCNGI).

The Eighty (80) standards encompasses a wide range of technical specifications and requirements,developed through collaborative efforts of industry experts, regulators, and stakeholders from across the country.

The initiative according to SON’s Director, Public Relations, Foluso Bolaji, will promote safer, more reliable, cheaper, environmentally sustainable, and alternative fuel utilization across the nation for road vehicles and other CNG-related appliances.

Bolaji said SON’s commitment to excellence and innovation in line with international best practices has culminated in developing and approving these standards, representing a significant milestone in our efforts to promote safety and quality in the energy sector.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a clean and efficient alternative to traditional fuels, with applications ranging from transportation to industrial processes. However, its safe and effective utilization requires adherence to rigorous standards that address production, storage, transportation, and utilization.

PCNGI was inaugurated with committee members comprising regulatory agencies such as, the National Mid-Stream Down-stream Petroleum Regulatory Authority(NMDPRA), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Ministry of Finance Incorporation (MOFI) and other key stakeholders.

The Eighty (80) standards as emphasised encompass a wide range of technical specifications and requirements, including:CNG Conversion kit, Standards for electrical connections and vehicle Diagnostics, Standards for Road-worthiness and Vehicle safety, among others.

Numerous benefits attached to adherence to these standards include: Enhanced safety for consumers, workers, and the environment, Improved reliability and efficiency in CNG operations, Facilitated interoperability and compatibility within the CNG ecosystem and Increased confidence among consumers, investors, and policymakers.

SON however called on all stakeholders to embrace the standards and prioritize their effective implementation to provide the best alternative for fuel utilization.

The Presidential CNG Initiative is a component of the palliative intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration inline with his Renewed Hope Agenda for the benefit of Nigerians

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