Tuesday, 14 May 2013

CMC weighs CNG as fuel for vehicles


DOHA THE Services and Public Utilities Committee of the Central Municipal Council (CMC), has discussed a proposal on the “universal use of compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles in Qatar”.

Dr Mohammed bin Jassim al Maslamani, Council member from Al Markhiya area, made the proposal, explaining that CNG is regarded as the best ecofriendly fuel in the world. He noted that a number of countries have adopted it to reduce pollution, resulting from the use of gasoline and diesel fuel, which are subsidised by the state.

He added that the use of CNG will contribute to the reduction of fuel cost by up to 50 percent, besides preserving the environment.

Maslamani suggested that plans to switch to universal use of CNG for all vehicles in the country must be discussed with the Qatar Fuel Company (Woqod) for it to develop stations and the required infrastructure.

On the occasion, the CMC Committee hosted many officials concerned with the fuel industry in the country including head of Enterprise Development Department, Hamad Jarallah al Marri and Director of Pipeline Projects, Hakim Amri from Qatar Petroleum; Director of the Technical Department and Gas Operations, Haji Ghanem Rumaihi, Director of Distribution Section Hassan al Masri and head of Purchasing Department Tawfiq Tounsi from Woqod and Director of Planning and Development at Mowasalat Nasser Khonji.

The meeting was attended by a number of the committee officials including Mohammed bin Shaheen Atiq, Ali Shaheen Kuwari and others; in addition to acting head of meetings department at CMC Secretariat Nasser Rashid Mohanadi.

The meeting concluded that the committee must prepare reports on the issue to be presented to the Council at one of its meetings.

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