August 30, 2019. Gazprom has announced that, on 29 August, the ‘Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2019 Rally’ commenced in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event is a large scale international rally for vehicles powered by natural gas. The race features over 20 cars, trucks and passenger vehicles powered by CNG and LNG, traversing Europe and Russia. It is organized by Gazprom and Uniper.

According to the statement, the route of the rally is divided into two parts: European and Russian. During the European section, NGVs will travel 5320 km across Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Germany. The first stage will finish on 20 September in Lubmin, Germany.

The same day, the rally will commence in Russia, beginning at the Russkaya compressor station in the Krasnodar Territory. Its route will then pass through the Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod, Moscow, Novgorod and Leningrad regions. The Russian section of the rally totals 2760 km.

Gazprom claims the race will finish on 3 October 2019 at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre during the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The program of the rally includes meetings with major players in the NGV market, as well as representatives of government authorities and experts. In addition to this, Gazprom claims that there are plans to launch several refueling stations at the Russian stage of the race.