Rungas Industries, a subsidiary of Rungas Group of Companies, in collaboration with United Group of Egypt, has secured an executive partnership with the National Organisation for Military Production (Egyptian Government) to produce and assist with the distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) composite cylinders.
According to a statement by the company, the Egyptian government has already allocated 28,000 square metres of land for the $30 million project in Alexandria, which is the home for the Egyptian Gas Industrial Park.
The facility will be producing 200,000 LPG composite cylinders for domestic use and 130,000 CNG cylinders for vehicles and automobiles.
Rungas in conjunction with Amtrol-Alfa Worthington of Portugal are providing the technology and technical know-how to set up the type III LPG Composite Cylinder Facility, which will be dedicated to domestic use whilst the CNG cylinders produced will be used for vehicles across Egypt.
Both products will be exported from Egypt to neighbouring Arab countries as well as serve the North and Eastern African markets.
The Egyptian government has mandated Rungas and their partner to set up the facilities after extensive product research was carried out and Amtrol facility in Portugal was visited by an Egyptian delegation to carry out a compliance inspection to ensure that cylinders met all standards for cylinder production in Egypt.
The Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the National Organisation for Military Production, Dr. Hassan Ahmad Ab Elimagied executed the contracts on behalf of the Egyptian government and provided his support verbally for the project.
The CEO of Rungas Industries and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Rungas Group of Companies, Mr. Lanre Runsewe, said with this partnership with the Egyptians, coupled with the ongoing launch plans for setting up a state of the art LPG composite in Nigeria that Rungas would be a continental force.
“Rungas has been an agent of Amtrol Alfa- Worthington, promoting their LPG composite cylinders across the West Africa Sub region – whilst operating an import and supply model we have been supplying composite cylinders to oil majors and independent retailers across 10 states of Nigeria. Clients are Oando, MRS, Forte Oil, Ultimate Gas and Sublime to name but a few,” he said.
He said the company had received approval from the Ghana Standards Authority to supply and distribute the Ghanaian market with Amtrol LPG composite cylinders and are in the process of gaining regulatory approvals in Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire.
Runsewe advised that the Type IV CNG composite cylinders that would be produced would be the first of its kind in Africa, Asia and Middle East continents. The cylinders, according to him, would be in two sizes – 60 Litres for domestic use and 80-litre cylinders for public vehicles.
He also stated that “CNG is important for the Egyptian Government because of the need to run on cleaner fuel and also to meet IMF condition which advised the country to reduce fuel subsidy”. The Ministry of Armed Production has actually engaged with CNG operators who currently import the product from India, China and Italy to embrace this new development.