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Posted On: 16 June 2008 11:14 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Mowasalat all set to put LPG taxis on Doha roads

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Eco-friendly taxis fuelled with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will soon be on the roads of Doha as Mowasalat is all set to open the first LPG refilling unit at its premises in the Industrial Area. The facility has been developed in collaboration with Woqod, the sole distributor of LPG and other petroleum based products in the country. The company also has plans to introduce LPG-fuelled buses for public transport. Four new buses specially designed for the sole use of LPG will arrive in Doha soon, Mowasalat's business development manager Ahmed Al Ansari said in a news conference yesterday. Nasser Al Fakhroo, consumer relations manager at Woqod and Mark Vidler, its retail and marketing manager were also present, among other senior officials. Mowasalat plans to launch the first LPG-fuelled taxis as soon as work on the refilling unit is completed, said Al Ansari. The company had developed two LPG taxis on a trial basis late last year. "About 50 taxis have already been designed to use LPG, simultaneously with petrol. Once the project is launched, we can convert two taxis daily for this purpose," added Al Ansari. He said the refilling station is expected to be ready in a month and the first batch of LPG-fuelled taxis will hit the roads soon after. Woqod will set up an additional 50 refilling units across the country in the initial stage to service Karwa's strong fleet of taxis, said Vidler. Another 150 units will be added at a later stage. "We have short term and long term goals for this unique project. We aim to promote clean energy in the country while in the long run, we want to develop gas as an alternative source of energy and set an example for the entire region," said Al Ansari.