Petroleum Engineer Advocates for Switch to CNG in Generator Use

Petroleum Engineer Advocates for Switch to CNG in Generator Use

In an exclusive interview with our reporters, Christian Dimkpa, a petroleum engineer in Port Harcourt, has made a compelling case for transitioning from petrol to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as the preferred energy source for generator operation. Dimkpa underscores that CNG not only offers cost-effectiveness but also boasts exceptional cleanliness and eco-friendliness.


Mr. Dimkpa elucidated on the environmental benefits of CNG, emphasizing that during the refining process of crude oil, the first product obtained is LPG, characterized by low carbon content and eco-friendliness. He argues that Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stands out for its environmental friendliness due to its low carbon content, positioning it as a superior choice compared to conventional fuels such as petrol, diesel, and kerosene.

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While advocating for CNG as an environmentally sound option for generators, Christian Dimkpa issued a word of caution to users regarding the safe storage of compressed natural gas cylinders. He raised awareness about the potential fire hazards associated with improper storage practices. Mr. Dimkpa advised that in the event of a gas leak or fire, the immediate action should be to cut off the gas source, and the fire will extinguish. For generators, he recommended keeping cylinders at least three meters away from the generator unit to prevent excessive heating, which is a common cause of gas explosions.


Dimkpa emphasized the numerous advantages of using CNG in generators, including improved engine longevity, reduced carbon emissions, and decreased maintenance requirements. He stressed the importance of engaging qualified professionals to ensure a seamless transition from petrol to CNG for generator operation.

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Meanwhile, former Port Harcourt refinery process coordinator, Tony Nwoalia, has issued a stark warning to individuals using cooking gas as an alternative fuel for generators. Mr. Nwoalia, in an interview with our reporters, expressed concerns over the potential dangers associated with this practice.


Nwoalia explained that cooking gas tanks are designed for culinary purposes, and using them with generators can pose a serious risk, especially in the event of a gas leak. He cautioned users to position the gas source at a safe distance from the generator to mitigate the risk of overheating and potential explosions. Nwoalia attributed the scarcity of Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) in part to the rising demand for this alternative fuel source.