By the year-end 2014, Gazprom Group significantly increased the number of operating CNG and LNG filling stations in Europe and boosted gas sales for transportation. Today, Gazprom Group companies operate 44 CNG stations and 2 LNG fueling units. Another six stations run by partner companies are sourcing gas from Gazprom. In comparison, at the year-end 2013 Gazprom Group owned 27 natural gas stations in Europe. Volumes of CNG and LNG marketed through these fueling network surged more than 9-fold against 2013.
The majority of CNG stations owned by Gazprom Group are concentrated in Germany, totaling 27. The Czech Republic and Slovakia, with 17 facilities, is another important market. Poland hosts two LNG units which are used to serve buses in Warsaw and Olsztyn.
To promote natural gas as vehicle fuel Gazprom Export together with its partners organizes annual rallies of NGVs under the name “Blue Corridor”. In 2014, the participants drove along the motorways of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia and Belarus
Gazprom Group considers the growing market of gas as vehicle fuel in Europe very promising, and plans to build up the chain of refueling stations and therefore increase the volume of sales of natural gas as fuel for transport.