New auto fueling technology launched in Accra

THLD Group, a UK-based autogas systems company, has introduced a new auto fueling technology, which will help reduce the cost of fuel a vehicle consumes by more than twenty-five per cent.

Known as the STAG, the new auto fueling technology involves the conversion of petrol and diesel cars into gas, and promotes Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative form of fuel.

Consequently, THLD Group in partnership with the Accra Technical Training Centre, and Pan Learning Centre, a training arm of Peugeot Company in Nigeria, STEP Auto LPG Tanks and Assurance, is training the students of ATTC on the STAG technology and conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles into gas.

Launching the STAG technology and the converted cars that were running on Liquefied Petroleum Gas in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of THLD Group, Oluwasegun Olajuwan, said the introduction of the technology was to reduce the cost of fueling vehicles, considering the rising cost of petrol and diesel in the country.

He also said the move was to promote cleaner and alternative sources of energy to preserve the environment, saying Ghana could harness and use its hydrocarbons reserves to propel the development of the country.

The CEO said Europe and the developed economies were relying on the use of LPG as alternative source of energy for the running of cars and Africa must pursue same.

Mr Olajuwan said the STAG technology had been installed on about seven million vehicles in Asia, Europe, America and Africa, adding that the technology was such that diesel vehicles could run on both diesel and gas.

“The use of LPG is one of the safest and cheapest methods of fueling and running of vehicles,” he said.

The Industry Coordinator of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Kwaku Agyeman-Dua, lauded THLD Group for the initiative, saying the country had trillions of gas reserves which it had to optimise and use for the development of the country.

For instance, he said, the Sankofa Fields had more than 1.5 trillion cube feet of gas, and the coming on stream of the Sankofa gas would help reduce the country’s gas imports.

Mr Agyeman-Dua entreated THLD Group to extend its operations to Kumasi and other parts of the country and also encourage Ghanaians to patronise the technology.

Nana Ampadu, a partner of THLD Group, said he was concerned about rising cost of fuel in the country and that was the reason why he brought THLD to Ghana, and hinted that plans were advanced to extend the technology to Kumasi, Ho, and Takoradi “and also train the technical students in those areas on the new technological innovation.”

Vice Principal of ATTC, Andrews Ohene Boateng, in his address, said the management of the Centre was proud to partner THLD Group to promote LPG as alternative source of fuel for cars in the country.

He said the partnership would help to increase the internally generated fund of the school and cushion government on the financial support it provides for the school.

The First Secretary of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, Egochi Sunday Oko, said the introduction of the technology “in the automobile industry in Ghana is an eye for all,” and lauded THLD Group for its decision to introduce the technology to Ghana.

The Director of Programmes at the Environmental Protection Agency, Hayfron Acquah, said his outfit was putting all the regulations and protocols in place to oversee the conversion of petrol and diesel cars into gas.

By Kingsley Asare

 

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