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4 April 2018

Viktor Zubkov Meets with Italian NGV Market Representatives

A working meeting of Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Pierre Lahutte, Brand President of Iveco, and Mariarosa Baroni, President of NGV Italy, took place in Turin (Italy) today.

The meeting was also attended by Sergey Razov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Italian Republic, and Mikhail Likhachev, Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo.

The parties discussed the state and prospects of the Italian NGV market, as well as the efficiency of public support measures for converting motor vehicles to natural gas. Extensive attention was paid to the potential of cooperative efforts in expanding the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

“The use of natural gas is the most efficient and affordable way of reducing harmful emissions in the transport sector. At the Gazprom Group, we pay great attention to that line of work. We are convinced that methane is the key to eco-friendly transportation on a mass scale.

Our Italian colleagues share our enthusiasm. Italy is not just Gazprom’s third-largest export market. This country is currently the largest consumer of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Europe. That can largely be attributed to comprehensive public support measures, including direct subsidies for converting motor vehicles to natural gas, as well as tax and other benefits, right down to free parking. I think that this experience can be put to use in our country,” said Viktor Zubkov. 
 

Background

In 2017, Gazprom delivered 23.8 billion cubic meters of gas to Italy.
Italy’s NGV refueling network includes some 1,200 units, with upward of 1 million NGVs across the country.
 

Source: http://www.gazprom.com/press/news/2018/april/article415619/

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