RTA carrying out trial runs for abras on CNG

DUBAI — The Marine Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is operating three abras on compressed natural gas (CNG) on a trial basis.

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Published: Mon 17 Sep 2007, 8:58 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:11 AM

Engineer Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari, CEO of the Marine Agency said the RTA was keen to conduct the trials to explore the possibility of operating abras on CNG, instead of diesel, in view of the economic and environmental benefits associated with using natural gas.

“CNG-operated abras will not only cut the fuel costs by 30 per cent, but will also reduce the pollution by 66 per cent, besides reducing emission of harmful gases from the engine exhausts of abras,” said Al Dosari.

“A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the RTA and Emirates Natural Gas Company for the operation of abras on CNG,” he said.

He added that the Marine Agency had also inked an agreement with Emarat Gas Company to carry out experiments and studies on the possibility of operating all abras on CNG. As per the agreement, while the Marine Agency will manage and operate abras, the Emarat Gas Company will oversee the abra engines replaced from diesel to CNG modes.

“CNG has an advantage over diesel because engines operated on natural gas have longer life as it is free from lead. CNG-operated engines are neither inflammable nor explosive, and are safe even in the event of leakage or overflow as it is equipped with automatic shutter system. Moreover, gas engines are of smaller size, higher efficiency, lower noise, easier maintenance and leave no oil stains in the Creek when compared to diesel engines.

Mohammed Al Attar, director of Performance and Operations Department at the Marine Agency said that abras numbers 28, 65 and 102 were being operated on CNG.



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