Gazprom signed a number of documents for developing the domestic NGV market during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2023. The agreements aim to provide the regions with ample opportunities for using natural gas.
One of the cooperation agreements aims at expanding the lineup of domestically produced NGVs and was signed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee; Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation & Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Anton Alikhanov, Governor of the Kaliningrad Region; and Valery Gorbunov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AVTOTOR Holding.
AVTOTOR will explore the possibility of setting up the production of such vehicles at the company’s site in Kaliningrad. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will consider the options of available state support measures for the enterprise.
Gazprom will examine the opportunities for expanding the natural gas refueling infrastructure in the region. The company is ready to supply the production site of AVTOTOR with the components for the CNG equipment being manufactured in Russia with participation of Gazprom Gazomotornye Systemy. The Government of the Kaliningrad Region will assist Gazprom as regards allocating land plots for gas filling stations and will also create conditions for expanding the regional fleet of NGVs.
Moreover, Miller and the heads of four constituent entities of the Russian Federation – the Bryansk, Irkutsk, Novgorod, and Yaroslavl Regions – signed bilateral cooperation agreements aimed to expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
Under the documents, which were signed to update the agreements that are currently in effect, the work to develop the NGV market is to be intensified. Gazprom will elaborate the construction options for new CNG refueling facilities in the regions. The regional authorities will provide Gazprom with support as regards allocating the land plots for the construction, as well as enhancing the utilization of the existing infrastructure.
Three CNG stations of Gazprom are currently in operation in the Bryansk Region, along with one filling station in Irkutsk Region, five in Novgorod Region and four in Yaroslavl Region.