Compressed natural gas engine training programme launched

August 23rd, 2016, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: Vector

 

Cummins South Africa has launched a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Engine Training Programme at its Africa Learning Centre in Johannesburg on 16 August 2016. The company’s R1-million plus investment into the merSETA and CMI accredited training programme is in anticipation of growing uptake of CNG technology, specifically in the public transport sector. CNG has gained appeal with the introduction of more stringent environmental standards, and with natural gas becoming more readily available on the continent, in countries such as Mozambique and Angola. CNG engines with their unique fuel system, require specialist training, especially with regard to health and safety aspects as well as maintenance and troubleshooting.

Kevin Padayachee, Alok Joshi and Gideon Gitumbi demonstrated the Cummins ILS 9, a nine litre CNG engine.

Kevin Padayachee, Alok Joshi and Gideon Gitumbi demonstrated the Cummins ILS 9, a 9l CNG engine.

The training programme is also closely aligned to local SETAs. A Cummins ILS 9, a 9 l CNG engine and related equipment have been installed as part of the infrastructure for the programme. The learning centre services nine southern African countries and the continent more broadly with internal and external training on its engines and power generation products. The company’s CNG engines have a similar framework to the company’s diesel engines, leaving few adjustments to OEMs looking to use it. CNG engines’ operation, however, is more similar to petrol engines with internal combustion. According to Kevin Padayachee, the learning centre’s general manager, training drives the company’s customer support by ensuring uptime for its clients. CNG adoption is currently end-user driven, with the bus and coach market among the most perceptive of this technology.

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