|FAQ's about Natural Gas for Vehicles
- What is Natural Gas?
Natural Gas is a fossil fuel which is found naturally in the underground environment. Comprised mostly of Methane, Natural Gas is second only to hydrogen in emitting very low levels of carbon dioxide when burned. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) possesses the fifth largest natural gas reserves in the world. At the current rate of utilization, these reserves will last for more than 150 years.
- Why are you introducing a Natural Gas network in Abu Dhabi?
Natural Gas is a clean, safe and convenient source of energy, and the UAE has an abundance supply available. Natural gas will be used in Abu Dhabi as a replacement for LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) in cooking, as a replacement for electricity for heating / cooling, and as an alternative for petrol in motor vehicles.
- I’ve never heard of natural gas vehicles before – are they common?
There are over eight million Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs), in over 50 countries worldwide. NGV filling stations operate on the same ‘drive-through’ principle as a traditional station, and globally, there are nearly 7,000 in operation, ensuring easy access and convenience.
- Is the Natural Gas used for vehicles the same as that used for cooking?
The Natural Gas is the same, but for vehicles it will be in a compressed form (CNG), which dramatically increases its volume, and therefore the amount of fuel that can be placed in the specially sealed tanks.
- Will I be able to have my own car converted to Natural Gas? Taxis Taxis and utility company fleer vehicles will be the first to undergo the conversion to NGV in the UAE. Drivers can choose to use either petrol or Natural Gas while driving. The general public will be able to use CNG at a later stage.
- Is Natural Gas a safe product?
Health and safety has always been a priority for ADNOC Distribution. Natural Gas is a far safer fuel than diesel or petrol, and is non-toxic. It is kept in a super strong, sealed system to prevent ‘leakage’, and would simply rise and disperse quickly if introduced into the air.
- Does conversion to CNG make economic sense?
Yes, especially for vehicles covering high mileage like taxis and couriers. Operating fuel costs can be 30 percent less than petrol, and a typical taxi would recover its initial conversion costs within 18 months. CNG vehicle maintenance costs are also usually reduced. Virtually all vehicles can easily be equipped with conversion kits, with installation costs ranging from 10,000 to 12,000 AED.
- Will there be any difference in the vehicle’s performance?
Many vehicles are specifically designed to run on natural gas and often have greater power and efficiency than a comparable petrol model. Smaller, passenger NGV vehicles can experience a small power loss when converted to natural gas from petrol but vehicle converted in Abu Dhabi will have installed the very latest technology with multi point fuel injection systems.
- When will CNG be available in Abu Dhabi?
The first CNG filling station was opened in the spring of 2005 and a further 19 filling stations will be operational by mid 2010 in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah.
- Where can I get more information on CNG and ADNOC Distribution?
- Additional information about on natural gas vehicles can be obtained at the following websites: