Scania Plans To Introduce Its Gas Buses In Tanzania
Scania Tanzania Ltd has made an announcement about its CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses and why they would be ideal for the Tanzanian market and especially for BRT city buses.
This product is just one part of the company’s commitment in ensuring that they are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. Scania believes that it is time for Tanzania to adopt this and other solutions to improve the lifestyle of the people, both economically and environmentally.
Tanzania has huge reserves of Natural Gas and needs thousands of city buses for the BRT systems which Scania can deliver. Scania has since managed to deliver the CNG gas buses for quite a while and have delivered them in different parts of the world like South America, Europe and Australia among others. The CNG driven buses come equipped with a “green” Euro 6 compliant engine that reduces the CO2 up to 20%. The same engine can also run on locally produced biogas to reach a CO2 reduction of as much as 90%. It is paramount to reduce CO2 as it is the main contributor to the global warming issues. Buses fitted with these engines also produce less particles and lower emissions in the air and are also very efficient in terms of fuel consumption and can thus achieve lower operational costs; that benefit the passengers in terms of low ticket prices, income for the government to sell local Natural Gas and an advantage for the operators too to cut their operational costs. A “win-win” solution.
Dar es salaam is expanding quite rapidly with an ever-increasing population and it is important to not only think of how this will affect the movement in the city but also to consider how this will happen in a way that is safe for the environment and the citizens.
Speaking during the announcement at their head office in Dar es Salaam, the Managing Director of Scania Tanzania, Lars Eklund said, as Tanzania is working towards becoming more industrialized, it is important that efficiency becomes key and that the environment is not forgotten along the process. "We believe that Tanzania needs to adopt world tested technologies and move at the same pace with other developed countries," he added. Tanzania is very rich in natural gas and it is important to use this local energy to the country´s advantage, the country will gain tremendously as it will save on the amount of oil that is imported and can instead sell the local gas to local operators.
Efficient and Reliable Engines
Furthermore, he also explained that it is a very poor technical solution and expensive to try convert a current diesel engine to a gas engine. He mentioned that there has been talks in the media to do so for the current BRT buses, technical and economically it does not make sense. The diesel engine is designed to run in a diesel cycle while a gas and petrol engine runs according to the Otto principle with a spark plug ignition. All Scania CNG engines run according to the Otto principle and are thus efficient and reliable. It therefore very important that the plans for the CNG infrastructure expansion get real and dates are firm so suppliers and operators can dare to invest in proper CNG gas products to be used on our roads as soon as possible. Hopefully in time for the next BRT phase in Dar es Salaam.
As part of its efforts to promote after sales services, Scania Tanzania is seeking cooperation with institutions like DIT (Dar es salaam Institute of Technology) and other institutions that are pursuing studies related to CNG. This will increase the number of technicians and professionals in that field and thus increase support to customers that operate the buses. Scania Tanzania's Marketing Manager, Eliavera Timoth explained that not only is this part of their commitment to improve after-sales service but also as a way of giving back to the community and making sure that they make a positive impact in the society.