The Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2019 Rally kicked off on August 29 in Istanbul. The large-scale international rally for vehicles powered by natural gas will traverse Europe and Russia, and is organized by Gazprom and Germany’s Uniper. The race features more than 20 cars, trucks and passenger vehicles powered by CNG and LNG, and will demonstrate the eco-friendliness and efficiency of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as the reliability of NGVs.
The route of the rally is divided into two parts: European and Russian. In the European section, NGVs will travel 5,320 kilometers across Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium, Austria, and Germany. The first stage of the race will conclude on September 20 in Lubmin, Germany.
On the same day, the rally will commence in Russia, starting off 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 is 2,760 kilometers long.
The race will finish on October 3 at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre during the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF).
The program of the rally includes meetings with NGV market players, representatives of government authorities and experts. In addition, Gazprom plans to officially launch a number of new refueling stations at the Russian stage of the race.