The countdown is on with 26 days to go until the commencement of the Blue Corridor 2013 NGV Rally. This year, focus is on the Baltic region, to revive memories of trade routes and business relations of the legendary Hanseatic League. From the 3 to 19 October, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) supported by Gazprom Group, E.ON Ruhrgas and other companies of the region will drive along more than 3,900 kilometers of roads from St. Petersburg, Russia to Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, finishing in Narva.
The Rally aims to promote the environmental and economic benefits of NGVs across northern Europe. Nine round table discussions are to be held in the cities along the route, bringing together industry representatives, policymakers, environmentalists, media, and auto enthusiasts.
The marquee event will be the round table in Hamburg, Germany. Symbolically, the date of the event, 10 October, marks the celebrations of the long term gas supply contract concluded 40 years ago between Germany and the former Soviet Union. The contract changed the European energy landscape and set the basis for a long-term successful cooperation. It is a special occasion for both Gazprom Group and E.ON Ruhrgas since after all these years marked by success, new joint initiatives in gas technologies, like NGVs, are being developed and launched together to meet the new challenges.
The Baltic Sea region is a real challenge and an opportunity for environmentally friendly fuels, according to Gazprom Export’s latest Blue Fuel newsletter. On the one hand, municipalities already have shown great interest in employing the eco-clean buses and trucks, and the interest received a powerful backing last year when the brand new Solbus Solcity LNG was presented at the test drives in Poland and Latvia. On the other hand, the strict emission standards to be imposed on the marine fleet of the Baltic focus attention on alternative fuels. And in this area LNG has every chance to play the leading role.
The rally is the seventh Blue Corridor event and follows the successful 2012 NGV Rally which traveled 6,000 kms from Moscow through Paris and up to Poznan.
(Source: Blue Corridor and Gazprom Export)