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FG eyes LNG-CNG transition for NRC locomotives to boost sustainability 



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The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, is considering the transition of the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s (NRC) locomotives to the more economical and readily available LNG-CNG fuel to enhance sustainability and cost-efficiency.  

This comes after the De-Sadel consortium presented a proposal to the Ministry of Transportation, represented by Minister Saidu Alkali, and the NRC on Tuesday, suggesting a switch from the more expensive diesel to gas for railway locomotives, as detailed in a statement on the Ministry’s website.  

The De-Sadel consortium offers to retrofit NRC’s locomotives with their LNG-CNG kits at no cost to the government, also committing to replace any locomotive in case of damage—a proposition Alkali found to be reasonable. 

Upon reviewing the proposal from the De-Sadel consortium, Alkali instructed the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Olufemi Oloruntola, to swiftly establish a technical committee to evaluate the potential for transitioning to LNG-CNG fuel.  

This committee, consisting of seven mechanical engineers from the Transportation Ministry, the NRC, and the De-Sadel Consortium, was tasked with quickly assessing the proposal’s technical feasibility and devising an implementation plan, including preparing an NRC locomotive for testing.