By ZHANG LIAN (Reuters) – Bosch is to build a gas station next to the Bosch restaurant in central Beijing that will be the first in China to become a gas-powered restaurant.
Bosch said it would invest about 20 billion yuan ($26.2 billion) to build the facility, which will be located at a site near the Beijing International Airport, and open its first gas station on the outskirts of the city later this year.
The restaurant is currently owned by the state-run China General Gas Corporation.
It has been a popular spot for restaurants to serve meals in Beijing, as well as a major hub for business in the capital.
The gas station will also serve as a gathering place for tourists.
The project will take five years to complete, and the gas station is expected to cost about 8 billion yuan, said a Bosch spokesman, who declined to be identified.
“The project is in the final stages and we are waiting for the final results of the safety studies, inspections, and environmental impact studies,” he added.
The facility will be a landmark in China’s drive to transition to renewable energy and improve its food safety.
Bissell said the Bosches project will help the Chinese food industry become more efficient, as it will create jobs in China.
“We’re trying to make the gas stations more efficient so that they can serve more people, and also make the food more safe,” he said.