Gas into Motors, the world’s longest rally for NGVs powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), concluded today at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.
The closing ceremony of the rally was attended by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Wang Dongjin, Vice President of CNPC, Ling Xiao, Vice President of PetroChina, Alik Ashirov, Deputy Director General of KazTransGas Onimder, and Uwe Fip, Senior Vice President of Uniper Global Commodities SE.
Participating in the rally were trucks, cars and buses fueled mostly by LNG and produced by Russian and Chinese manufacturers – AvtoVAZ, GAZ, KAMAZ, RariTEK, UAZ, URAL, Ankai, Hanzhongshenlan, Shanxi, and Yutong, as well as mobile NGV refuelers.
In 30 days, the rally participants travelled 9.881 kilometers across China, Kazakhstan and Russia. The NGVs successfully passed the test, demonstrating high reliability, safety, environmental friendliness and efficiency. For example, refueling the URAL Next truck with LNG reduced costs more than two times compared to diesel fuel: the savings amounted to RUB 120 thousand.
“The rally once again clearly showed the effectiveness of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Especially when it comes to long freights, such as the ones on the emerging Europe – China international transit route. Together with our Chinese and Kazakh partners we plan to create a chain of LNG filling stations on this route. Only in its Russian part we intend to build a network of 14 such stations,” said Alexey Miller.