Gulf News. The UAE Emirate of Sharjah is phasing in CNG vehicles in its public fleets and then for residents.
The Directorate of Natural Gas at Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is first converting hundred of its own vehicles to run on CNG.
As part of the first phase of the project, the directorate will suggest using CNG as an alternative to petrol for government vehicles, buses and taxis. Gradually, other vehicles can then start using it. CNG filling stations will be set up in different parts of the city.
Sewa is also planning to use natural gas in air-conditioning systems. The $136-million (500 million UAE Dirhams) project is first of its kind in the country, and is nearly complete.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a constitutional federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. A member of OPEC, it holds the world’s fifth largest natural gas reserves of 212 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) after Russia, Iran, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.