Gazprom launches LNG as fuel for domestic road transport

November 1, 2016. Gazprom has approved a plan for small-scale production and use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 2017-2019 that includes several pilot projects to promote LNG as transport fuel at home.

   Gazprom has drawn up a list of gas-distribution stations (GDS) across Russia and is exploring which liquefaction technologies are best suited to producing LNG for domestic small-scale use. It sees gas as vehicle fuel as a priority in the domestic market.

   The plan includes developing a filling-station network to promote take-up of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and expanding Gazprom’s own gas-fueled road fleet.

   Gazprom subsidiaries account for a 26 per cent share of Russia’s natural gas vehicle (NGV) market, with some 7.200 vehicles on the road. The company plans to increase its market share to 70 per cent by year-end 2020.

   The global NGV fleet is growing fast: Gazprom says the 13 million methane-powered vehicles now on the road will increase to 50 million by 2020 and to more than 100 million by 2020.


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