During the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF), Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, has signed a series of documents with the heads of a number of companies and Russian regions to enhance the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
One of the documents, signed with Maxim Shaskolsky, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg, is a roadmap to accelerate the development of the NGV market until 2024. Under this agreement, Gazprom will expand the city’s natural gas refueling network from 6 to 25 stations and create new service centers for CNG conversion and maintenance. The St. Petersburg Government will work to, inter alia, increase the number of NGVs in the fleets of road maintenance utilities and passenger transport enterprises.
Moreover, a roadmap until 2024 was signed with Mikhail Moskvin, Deputy Chairman for Construction at the Government of the Leningrad Region. Gazprom operates four NGV refueling facilities in this region and plans to raise their number to 22, including the construction of filling stations and cryogenic stations (for refueling vehicles with LNG and CNG) in the Boksitogorsky, Vsevolozhsky, Vyborgsky, Kirovsky, Lomonosovsky, Luzhsky, Priozersky, Slantsevsky and Tosnensky Districts, as well as in the Sosnovoborsky City District. The Government of the Leningrad Region will ensure, inter alia, the formulation and implementation of measures to encourage the purchase of NGVs and conversion of cars to enable the use of natural gas by organizations of all types and by private individuals.
Another joint project for accelerated development of the NGV market will be undertaken in the Kaliningrad Region. The roadmap until 2024 was signed with Alexander Rolbinov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region. According to the roadmap, Gazprom’s station network in the region will be expanded from 5 to 13 sites. Instead of platforms for mobile refuelers, advanced CNG stations will be built in Kaliningrad, Sovetsk and Chernyakhovsk. Three more stations are envisaged in Kaliningrad. In addition, the company is going to build CNG stations in the towns of Gusev, Svetly, Pionersky and in the Novoselovo settlement. The regional government will foster NGV fleet expansion for industrial, transport and taxi businesses.
Other agreements on enhanced use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel were signed with Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, and Ilya Tuzov, Deputy Head of the Lipetsk Region Administration. The documents outline joint and coordinated actions for building up natural gas refueling infrastructure in the regions and synchronizing NGV fleet growth, as well as setting up CNG conversion and maintenance centers.
An agreement was also signed with Shamil Gafarov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan and Head of the Administration of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, with a view to carrying out construction projects for a gas liquefaction complex and a cryogenic station network (for LNG and CNG). The parties will identify potential consumers in the region and the annual LNG volumes required, and will then select the future locations for the LNG plant and the station network. Gazprom plans to complete the construction in 2022. The Tatarstan Government will draw up a special regional program to boost LNG market development.
Another roadmap for strategic cooperation was signed with Pavel Lyakhovich, Member of the Management Board – Managing Director of SIBUR. In line with the document, Gazprom plans to deliver in 2020 a pilot project for the construction of a CNG refueling unit at SIBUR’s key industrial site in Tobolsk. The parties will define further lines of cooperation based on this experience.
Furthermore, Gazprom signed a roadmap for the implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation for the use of natural gas in waterborne transport with Georgy Antsev, Chairman of the Board of Directors – General Designer of Alekseev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau. The document provides for the drafting of technical specifications for the design of an LNG marine engine and a gas fuel storage system in high-speed vessels, the formulation of standard solutions for LNG bunkering in inland water transport, and the creation of floating bunkering points for river vessels by domestic enterprises. The parties will perform a feasibility study for the pilot project of construction and operation of an LNG-fueled vessel (or numerous vessels).
A Cooperation Agreement was also signed with Son Kyeongsu, Director General of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus. Broadening the lineup of NGVs produced in Russia is among the key areas of this cooperation. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus owns one of the largest car manufacturing plants in Russia.
Another agreement on strategic areas of cooperation was signed with Dmitry Strezhnev, Director General of the United Machine Building Group. The partnership will be aimed, in particular, at launching the output of new models of cargo and special-purpose equipment powered by natural gas, as well as improving its performance indicators.
In addition, Aleksey Samsonenko, Director General of Gazprom Bytovye Sistemy, and Ezio Cavagna, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cavagna Group S.p.A. (Italy), signed a Memorandum of Intent. The parties will explore the ways of creating in Russia a joint venture for the manufacturing of gas cylinder equipment of various types, which is currently being purchased abroad by domestic automakers.