The Egyptian International Gas Technology company (Gastec) witnessed a 250% increase in the number of cars conversion to natural gas instead of fuel to be 35 cars per day following the government decision to increase fuel prices, Gastec’s Chairman, Hesham Radwan, told Al Mal News.
It takes the customer 4 hours to covert the car’s system from running by fuel to natural gas. The company adds parts to the motor and provide the car with a natural gas tube in order to rationalize the car’s running cost, Radwan explained.
Gastec plans to have several branches across the country, as it will establish stations in Upper Egypt, which will provide conversion services as well as filling services, Radwan said, adding that the company currently has 35 stations, 60% in Cairo and 40% in other governorates.
Moreover, Gastec is in talks with automotive agencies to ensure that converting the car’s running system will not end the car’s guarantee, yet most agencies refuse changing their running system policy.
Late June, Egypt’s Cabinet decided to cut fuel subsidies in order to ease the budget deficit. The decision led to an increase in benzene and diesel prices. Egyptian Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, said that economic reform decisions on the part of the state could no longer be delayed, according to Al Ahram.