Gas motor fuel

Natural gas is not only fuel for heating houses, warming up water and cooking. It is also a motor fuel which presents a unique combination of environmental, economical and technological advantages that distinguish it from other types of propellants.

CO2 emissions from natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are 25% less than from cars running on petrol. Gas engines release about 95% less carbon dioxide than diesel. Particulate matters emissions from these motors are practically zero. In addition, the use of “blue fuel” is economically advantageous: the gas price is on average 50% cheaper than petrol and 30% cheaper than diesel.

Gazprom Group is interested in the development of the gas motor fuel market — especially in Europe, where increasingly stringent environmental standards make alternative fuels highly attractive. Key role in the expansion of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles is assigned to gas filling infrastructure. Gazprom Group makes a significant contribution to this development: its subsidiaries Vemex and Gazprom Germania GmbH had been actively expanding their gas stations network over the years. On August 24, 2016, Gazprom Group established the new company Gazprom NGV Europe which will focus on further development of NGV sector in Europe. Gazprom Group currently operates 66 natural gas filling stations in Germany, Czech Republic and Poland.

In 2012 in Poland Gazprom Germania with Polish bus manufacturer Solbus and transportation company MZA implemented a pilot project which allowed the citizens of several Polish cities to evaluate the benefits of municipal buses fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Since 2013, Gazprom Germania and Polish bus manufacturer Solbus delivered 35 LNG-powered buses to Warsaw. 11 LNG-fuelled buses were also produced for the city of Olsztyn which is in the North of Poland. A contract for LNG refueling equipment was also successfully implemented.

The new Euro-6 emission standard, which will be introduced from 2015 onward, will make environment-friendly methane buses even more competitive: diesel engines will need to be significantly modified and this will be reflected in their price.

Gazprom’s subsidiary Promgaz aims to establish a strong bootprint in the leading European NGV market — in Italy. The company’s task is to study the market, select partners, cooperate with all authorities both local and at the EU level, as well as exchange technologies. And it’s not just about compressed natural gas (CNG) for passenger cars, but also about liquefied natural gas (LNG) for freight road transport and ships.

In Croatia, the road map with LNG Croatia was signed in September 2013. The purpose of this document is the implementation of pilot projects for the gasification of bus fleets in the country.

In 2015, Gazprom and Srbijagas signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the future cooperation in the areas of underground gas storage, natural gas vehicles, and small-scale LNG in Serbia.

Our company takes a proactive stance in international and national organizations to promote LNG as a fuel for freight and urban municipal vehicles, as well as sea and river vessels.

Since 2008, Gazprom Group in cooperation with E.ON Global Commodities (former E.ON Ruhrgas) regularly organizes Blue Corridor rally. Each year a road train of NGV’s travels thousands of kilometers across Europe, proving that giant traffic flows can harm the environment much less if the development of the NGV infrastructure continues.

In 2016, 10th anniversary NGV rally “Blue Corridor-2016. The Amber road” crews drove more than 3800 km across the roads of the Baltic region. The main focus of the event has been shifted to the promotion of LNG for bunkering, which is especially relevant in light of tightening emission standards for sea vessels. That is why the key stages of the anniversary rally took place in important port cities of Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden — around the whole Baltic Sea.

Statistics shows that European countries — hosts of Blue Corridor, increased the number of filling stations by 40 per cent (almost 600 new stations built), doubled the natural gas demand and increased the NGV fleet by 20 per cent between 2009 and 2014.

In 2013-2014, Volkswagen and Gazprom Group cooperated on the Scirocco R-Cup racing series to promote natural gas for transport. Held annually from 2010 to 2014, the R-Cup project aimed to highlight the commercially produced Volkswagen Scirocco CNG-cars fitted with two-liter turbo engine. Gazprom became the exclusive supplier of fuel for the series.

Since 2016 Gazprom Germania has been granting sponsorship and provides an NGV Audi A3 lead car for Audi TT racing series.

Gazprom Group itself has more than 4000 cars on methane, what is the largest corporate fleet of a kind.

 

Background

Passenger cars are filled in with compressed natural gas (CNG), freight and urban public transport, as well as sea and river vessels — with liquefied natural gas (LNG).
From 2004 to 2015, the global NGV population grew almost by 6 times — to 22 million units. According to International Gas Union, by 2020 the number of methane-powered vehicles could reach 50 million units. By 2040, natural gas may account for 4 percent of the global motor fuel balance. According to forecasts, demand for gas motor fuel in Europe may amount up to 40 bcm by 2030.

 

 

Related news:

Gazprom Group established a new company to develop gas for transport business in Europe  – 29.08.2016

Blue Corridor-2016 rally successfully finished in Saint Petersburg  – 10.06.2016

Blue Corridor 2016 took part in Energy Dialogue in Rostock  – 02.06.2016

Gazprom Export will start selling LNG to Europe from the small scale LNG plant commissioned in Pskov - 26.05.2016

Gazprom Germania performed the first ever bunkering with LNG at the port of Rostock  – 02.03.2016

Series of European round tables on gas motor fuel successfully completed  – 21.12.2015

Gazprom Germania acquires 4 natural gas filling stations  – 12.10.2015

Blue Corridor NGV Rally participates at the World Gas Conference in Paris  – 17.06.2015

The ninth rally “Blue Corridor” hit the road from St.Petersburg  – 25.05.2015

Gazprom Germania acquires CNG filling stations in Baden-Württemberg  – 24.04.2015

GAZPROM Germania and Solbus bring natural gas buses to the Streets of Warsaw  – 18.02.2015

Innovative LNG buses introduced to Slovak Republic  – 10.02.2015

Gazprom Export boosts small-scale LNG supplies to European markets  – 01.12.2014

“Blue Corridor” NGV rally successfully completes its 6600-km route  – 05.11.2014

"Blue Corridor-2014" NGV rally hits the road from Saint-Petersburg  – 07.10.2014

GAZPROM Group and port of Rostock investigate opportunities for cooperation in LNG market  – 24.07.2014

Russia hosted Gazprom-supported Scirocco R-Cup  – 16.07.2014

New season of natural gas-fuelled car races Scirocco R-Cup now open  – 06.05.2014

European Parliament approved development of alternative refueling infrastructure  – 15.04.2014

VEMEX opens a new CNG station in Pilsen  – 04.03.2014

First LNG-fuelled buses will hit streets of Warsaw early 2015  – 20.12.2013

Eco‐friendly Mobility for Poland  – 07.11.2013