|Petronas NGV To Build 12 More NGV Stations By Year End
JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- Petronas NGV Sdn Bhd will open 12 more Natural Gas for Vehicles (NGV) stations by the end of this year, most of them in the Klang Valley, to meet increased consumer demand, said its chief operating officer, Ghazali Daud, Tuesday.
This will bring the total number of Petronas NGV stations in Malaysia to 51.
Each station cost about RM1.5 million, excluding the cost of land.
Speaking to reporters after attending a signing ceremony with Perisind Auto Care Sdn Bhd here, he said the recent rise in crude petroleum prices to around US$65 a barrel at present had prompted more owners of private vehicles to show interest in using NGV for their vehicles.
Ghazali said the number of private vehicles using NGV was around 250-300 units compared with 16,000 public vehicles, especially taxis.
NGV costs 68 sen a litre compared with RM1.62 a litre for petrol and RM1.28 a litre for diesel.
The agreement signing was between Ghazali and the managing director of Perisind Holding Sdn Bhd, Datuk Sheikh Abdul Hardy Sheikh Ahmad, for the construction of an NGV station at Perisind Auto Care, which would open for business next month.
It was witnessed by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
Ghazali said the potential for NGV stations in Johor was strong and currently about 1,500 vehicles in the state, mainly taxis, used NGV after the fuel was introduced to Johor in 2003.
He said another four to five NGV stations would be built in Johor in the next four to five years.
Sheikh Abdul Hardy said Perisind Auto Care, which was owned by Perisind Property Development Sdn Bhd, also provided NGV conversion and had been approved by the Road Transport Department for the purpose.
The conversion cost is between RM2,500 and RM4,000 for taxis using Protons.