Egypt on Sunday opened its first multi-fuel station to supply services to vehicles running on natural gas, fuel and electricity, the petroleum ministry said in a statement.
The EGP 30 million station was set up by state-owned company Gastech and Italy's energy giant Eni in Port Said, northeast of Cairo. It marks Eni's first investment in fuel stations in Egypt, according to the ministry.
The capacity of the newly-established station is 900 cubic metres of natural gas, which can supply 1,000 vehicles daily. It also provides the public with 80, 92, and 95 octane gasoline and diesel.
Eni is planning to set up 50 dual-fuel stations across Egypt in the next five years as part of a September 2018 deal. Ten of these stations are due to open this year in several governorates, including in the capital Cairo.
The petroleum ministry said that establishing integrated stations is part of the ministry's plan to improve fuel supply services and increase natural gas-powered vehicles.
Egypt aims to increase its use of renewable energy to 22 percent by 2020, and to 42 percent by 2035.
The government is also pressing ahead with an ambitious plan to convert vehicles into the gas-powered system.