St. Petersburg: world’s longest NGV rally successfully concluded
Gas into Motors, the world’s longest rally for NGVs powered by LNG, concluded on October 4 at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The rally was sponsored by the largest energy companies in Russia, Kazakhstan and China – Gazprom, KazMunayGas, and CNPC. Its partners include Germany’s Uniper, and the Silkway Rally Association for the Support and Development of Motor Sports, the organizer of the Silk Way international rally. The journey had started in China’s Rudong on September 4. Participating in the rally were trucks, cars and buses fueled mostly by LNG and produced by Russian and Chinese manufacturers (AvtoVAZ, GAZ, KAMAZ, RariTEK, UAZ, URAL, Ankai, Hanzhongshenlan, Shanxi, and Yutong), as well as mobile natural gas refuelers. In 30 days, the rally participants traveled 9,881 kilometers across China, Kazakhstan and Russia. The NGVs successfully passed the test, demonstrating high reliability, safety, environmental friendliness and efficiency. For example, refueling the URAL Next truck with LNG reduced costs more than two times compared to diesel: the savings amounted to RUB 120,000. “The rally once again clearly showed the effectiveness of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, especially when it comes to long freights, such as the ones on the emerging Europe-China international transit route. Together with our Chinese and Kazakh partners we plan to create a chain of LNG filling stations on this route. Only in its Russian part we intend to build a network of 14 such stations,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.