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Cote d’Ivoire has unveiled a fleet of 50 buses fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG). This initiative part of the country’s commitment to the Paris COP 21 agreement, with the buses serving within Abidjan’s wider urban area.

The buses were inaugurated by the Ivorian Minister of Transport, Mr Amadou Koné, and several of the country’s government Ministers. The vehicles will have particle emission levels at nearly zero, with Nitrogen Oxide emissions reduced by 60%.

Cote dIvoire launches CNG fuelled bus fleet

Commissioned by the Société des Transports Abidjanais (SOTRA), and supplied by IVECO, Abidjan station is the first stage of more eco-friendly public transport in Cote d’Ivoire. The Abidjan station is the first stage in the Ivorian government and public transportation companies’ plan to increase the number of CNG buses and ensure that the region is working towards fulfilling its commitment to the COP 21 agreement, Koné said at the launch. More importantly, he said, it will lead the way for other African countries that are keen to further embrace clean technologies. Countries including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon are monitoring the success of the initiative with the intention of replicating the project.

ENGIE and Tractebel collaborated to engineer, supply and install the first CNG fuelling station in Abidjan. The CNG fuelling station is located on SOTRA’s premises in Yopougon, Abidjan, and will facilitate the operation of the new range of compressed natural gas buses. When fully commissioned, the gas fuelling station will have a compression capacity of 1360 m³/h, and will be split into two units, each equipped with two hoses, enabling four buses to charge at any one time. 

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