Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has instructed the government to take further steps in motivating citizens to convert their gasoline-powered vehicles to ones that run on natural gas, a plan the country has been working on recently.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla on Tuesday, El-Sisi ordered simplifying the conversion procedures and facilitating its expenses, a statement by the presidential spokesperson stated.
The president called for speeding up the establishment of natural gas fueling stations across the country using the state-of-the-art technology.
Egypt plans to replace old cars - manufactured over 20 years ago - and convert hundreds of thousands of other vehicles to gas-powered models in order to preserve the environment and make use of the country’s plentiful natural gas production.
In July, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt will license new vehicles in August only if they can operate on the bi-fuel system.
Egypt is looking to rely more on cheaper, cleaner energy sources and to increase the amount of power generated from renewables to 20 per cent by 2022 and 42 per cent by 2035.