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23 December 2014

Gazprom Group enhances footprint on European NGV market

By the year-end 2014, Gazprom Group has significantly increased the number of operating CNG and LNG filling stations in Europe and boosted gas sales for transport.

Today, Gazprom Group companies operate 44 CNG filling stations and 2 LNG filling units in Europe. Another 6 stations run by partner companies are sourcing gas from Gazprom. In comparison, at the year-end 2013 Gazprom Group owned 27 gas filling stations in Europe.

Volumes of CNG and LNG marketed through the network of company’s and partner-operated gas filling stations surged more than 9-fold against 2013.

The majority of CNG filling stations owned by Gazprom Group are concentrated in Germany, totaling 27. The Czech Republic and Slovakia, with 17 filling stations, is another important market. Poland hosts 2 LNG filling units which are used to tank gas-fuelled buses in Warsaw and Olsztyn. This is the first and so far the only project in Europe featuring city buses fuelled by liquefied methane.

To promote gas as motor fuel Gazprom Export together with its partners organizes annual rallies of methane-fuelled cars 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. Along the journey round tables were organized, where representatives of the Gazprom Group companies took part in expert discussions of prospects on the “blue fuel” application in the transport sector, while gas-fuelled vehicles were exposed in show-room areas. The round table in Nuremberg was of special importance: here, in Bavaria, Gazprom Germania had acquired the network of 12 refueling compressor stations in 2013.

Gazprom Group considers the growing market of gas as motor 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.

Related sections:
Gas motor fuel, LNG

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