Nigerian energy firm, OMAA, presented the country’s first locally assembled natural gas-powered buses at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) this week, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Petroleum.
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The event, hosted by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), addressed New Approaches to the Future of Hydrocarbons and was attended by industry-leading companies and major stakeholders in Oil & Gas.
OMAA manufactures factory-fitted dual-fuel vehicles to meet the growing demand of vehicles that run on cleaner energy sources within Nigeria and across Africa. From its facility located in Igbo Ukwu, Anambra state, the company caters to energy demands for the transportation and energy industry with natural gas. This is in line with the National Gas Expansion Program (NGEP) implemented by the Federal Government to encourage the usage of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in automobiles.
Mr Chinedu Oguegbu, Founder and CEO of OMAA, said at the event “OMAA’s vision is to lead the transformation of the transportation and energy industry in Nigeria and in Africa, by accelerating utilization of the abundant natural gas resources we are endowed with. We construct buses that are rugged, customizable and adapted to Nigerian roads, as well as gas-powered solutions to foster sustainable energy usage in homes and commercial buildings.”
OMAA’s enterprise is contemporary with the “Decade of Gas” announced this year by the Federal Government, which motivates stakeholders in the industry to work towards a wider distribution of gas supply across the nation, as confirmed by industries present at NIPS.
Oguegbu also reiterated OMAA’s commitment to local content development and job creation in Nigeria, stating “it is every company’s responsibility to address the nationwide crisis of unemployment. Hence, part of our core values are to empower the people while we energize the nation. Not only are our vehicles assembled by local talents, our facility also includes a training centre which has the ambition to provide subsidized training in gas conversion technology to one hundred students in 2021.”
The company plans to introduce within the next year a wider portfolio of solutions to address the energy demand in the residential, commercial and industrial markets, using natural gas.