The agreement was signed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and the president of Rosneft Igor Sechin. “This is a new range of activity, which has good prospects in terms of the economy and the environment, and we look forward to the results. Our goal is to increase revenues by nearly 50% in 2014, and we expect some 12 billion roubles this year for the city budget,” said Sechin.
According to an executive order of the Russian Government, 50% of municipal transport in Moscow must transition to the use of the natural gas by 2020. Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov stated that the Moscow Government has signed two agreements, with Gazprom and Rosneft, as part of the execution of the order.
“At this point, there is only one park in the city with 218 buses operating on gas, which boasts a CNG filling station. In the event that Gazprom and Rosneft invest in the development of natural gas fueling infrastructure, we will have a real opportunity to transfer to NGVs,” commented Liksutov. He called the agreement signed the next step toward the creation of a joint working group for reviewing the city’s transport infrastructure by the Moscow Government and Rosneft.
“Of course, we don’t want Rosneft to focus its fueling initiatives on Mosgortrans alone. Other transport organizations, including private operators, as well as personal cars and cargo transport should also be able to use filling stations under general terms. As a result, the city will have more eco-friendly vehicles and improved environment,” added Liksutov.
Source: Moscow Government