Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed, on Tuesday, for intensified efforts aimed at converting vehicles for natural gas operation.
The shift to natural gas will help achieve optimal economic benefit from Egypt’s natural gas wealth, whilst also maximising the added value.
Al-Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla.
The President ordered for simplified measures to convert cars from petroleum to natural gas, granting payment facilities, whilst ensuring the merit of technical procedures used in the conversion operations.
During the meeting, Al-Sisi was briefed on the latest developments in the national project aimed at securing sustainable sources of energy. This will see the expansion in use of natural gas as a fuel for cars.
Converting cars to work with natural gas, as a cleaner fuel, will rationalise gasoline consumption, and effectively reduce harmful emissions and protect the environment by reducing air pollution.
The President also directed for a study to be undertaken in implementing programmes to replace old cars with new ones that work on natural gas. These programmes would expand on the process of converting cars to work with the clean fuel, achieving tangible economic savings for citizens, and providing them with the opportunity to own modern cars.
In the same context, President Al-Sisi directed for a speeding up of executive steps to establish new stations to supply vehicles that operate with natural gas all over the country. These would be installed according to the latest international technology, and would exploit current fuel stations, while ensuring the highest levels of safety and security.
Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady said that during the meeting, El Molla reviewed his ministry’s efforts to develop Egypt’s petrochemical industry to meet the needs of the local market. The improvements will help support many industrial sectors and export the surplus.
He noted the strategic importance of petrochemical products in keeping pace with the state’s plans, and serving its development goals by providing new investment opportunities locally and internationally. These products will also help in maximising the investment opportunities available.