On September 4 the official start of the natural gas vehicles rally along the Europe — China transport route took place in the Chinese town of Rudong, on the coast of the Yellow Sea. Around one hundred guests took part in the festive ceremony. The similar number of guests joined the event from Beijing via live broadcast, where the top management of the rally organizers, Gazprom, CNPC and KazMunayGas, welcomed the rally participants.
The main actors of the ceremony were LNG and CNG vehicles, which will drive nearly ten thousand kilometers through China, Kazakhstan and Russia on their way to the finish ceremony in St. Petersburg on October 4. The NGV rally crew includes heavy-duty trucks, buses and passenger cars produced by Russian and Chinese manufactures. All in all around 15 vehicles take part in the rally.
In his welcome speech, Vice-President of CNPC Qin Weizhong emphasized that development of natural gas fueling infrastructure along the Europe — China transport route could boost economic growth of the neighboring territories, and would make a significant contribution to natural environment protection.
Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee Vitaly Markelov in his video message expressed his confidence that the rally will demonstrate economical and ecological benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, especially for long distance heavy-duty trucks, and will become another important step in developing trade and economic cooperation of the three countries.
Chairman of the Board, General Director of JSC KazTransGas Rustam Suleimanov in his speech highlighted that expansion of environmentally friendly transport was one of the state priority for Kazakhstan on the transition to the ‘green’ economy.