A ceremony marking the construction start of the first cryogenic filling station of Gazprom on the new Moscow – St. Petersburg highway (M-11) took place near Okulovka, Novgorod Region. The station will be used primarily for fueling heavy-duty trucks with LNG. It will be located at the premises of the Valdai mixed-use highway service area.
Gazprom is constructing natural gas refueling infrastructure along the M-11 highway (part of the North – South and Europe – China international transit routes) as part of the cooperation with Avtodor. A total of six cryogenic filling stations will be built there.
“The conversion of trucks to natural gas will help improve the environmental situation in transit cities and towns and cut down shipping costs due to fuel savings. Creating state-of-the-art gas filling facilities on the Russian part of the Europe – China transit route is a crucial task that Gazprom is focused on today,” said Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.
Moreover, Gazprom has started construction of its 20th CNG station in Almetyevsk, Republic of Tatarstan. The announcement took place at a working meeting during the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The parties addressed the gas penetration rate in Tatarstan and Gazprom’s NGV infrastructure development in the region.
At present, there are 19 CNG filling stations in operation across Tatarstan, with sales of natural gas as a vehicle fuel growing from 14.1 million to 28.6 million cubic meters between 2015 and 2017, and reaching already 15.8 million cubic meters in the first half of 2018. Gazprom plans to construct more stations in Nurlat and Zainsk, as well as to retrofit a facility in Buinsk.