NGV sector of strategic importance to Gazprom
Gazprom board of directors voiced its intentions on progressing the use of natural gas as vehicle fuel, pointing out this sector was of strategic importance for Gazprom.
The company is focused on building new NGV infrastructure domestically, primarily constructing new CNG filling stations, and contributing to the increase in the amount of NGV equipment.
In 2014 Gazprom allotted some RUB 1.5 billion to the construction of 41 new CNG filling stations. Gazprom has developed and now implements a reconstruction schedule for the operating CNG filling stations until 2020. Work is currently underway on installing compressed natural gas modules at the existing filling stations of Gazprom Neft, Gazprom Gazenergoset, LUKOIL, Tatneft.
The company has signed a memorandum with Russian Railways identifying platforms for converting trains to run on LNG and investing in accompanying infrastructure.
Gazprom reported it intends to complete the pilot projects for CNG filling stations construction in 10 priority regions for amplifying the NGV use. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad and Rostov are among those regions.
The company is engaged in major activities aimed at increasing the number of natural gas vehicles with several contracts in place both with domestic companies and foreign manufacturers and suppliers of NGV’s.
About 14,5% of Gazprom’s transport runs on natural gas with the aim to increase the figure to 50% by 2018.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Gazprom