Gazprom Board of Directors took notice of the information about the company’s investments and efforts aimed at increasing the use of natural gas. In 2014 Gazprom allotted some RUB 1.5 billion to the construction of new CNG stations. In particular, these funds are spent on design operations and on purchasing the equipment to build 41 facilities. In addition, it is executing a reconstruction schedule for operating stations until 2020. It is also adding CNG modules at existing stations of Gazprom Neft, Gazprom Gazenergoset, Lukoil and Tatneft.
By late 2017, Gazprom is planning to complete the pilot projects for CNG stations construction in 10 priority regions: Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Moscow, Leningrad, Rostov, Sverdlovsk Regions, the Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. These regions were chosen after the analysis of natural gas demand in 41 Russian constituents.
Gazprom is engaged in major activities aimed at increasing the number of NGVs. The Agreements on expanding natural gas use are inked with the Governments of 32 Russian constituents. The documents oblige the local authorities to ensure expansion of the NGV fleet simultaneously with the construction of new CNG stations. The company is also converting its own fleet with currently 14.5% of the group’s transport running on natural gas, whereas by early 2018 this figure will be increased to 50%.
Agreements of Intent were concluded with 250 automakers located within the future areas of the CNG network expansion. The documents will provide for supplying new stations by at least 30 per cent. With a view to extend the lineup of natural gas vehicles, Cooperation Agreements were also inked with 24 Russian and foreign manufacturers and suppliers of NGVs.
Moreover, a memorandum with Russian Railways has identified the platforms for converting trains to LNG as well as the construction sites for LNG production facilities and railway vehicle filling stations. The Company’s Management Committee was tasked to continue amplifying the use of natural gas as transportation fuel in Russia and abroad.