A delegation from Russian gas giant Gazprom has followed up a recent commitment by Alexey Borisovich Miller, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Management Committee (CEO) for Gazprom to actively promote natural gas vehicles, by calling on automotive manufacturer KAMAZ. The meeting discussed common interests in the field of natural gas and outlined strategic directions for cooperation, reports Russia Natural Gas Association NGVRUS.
These areas include:
- continuation of joint work over the federal law “On the use of gas motor fuels,” as well as proposals for the Russian Government to promote NGV market participants;
- improving the legal base for the production and use of CNG and LNG for vehicles;
- implementation of a transport gasification training program for Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, for the methanization of 1000 municipal buses and utility vehicles and synchronous development of an adequate gas fueling infrastructure;
- program development for purchasing CNG and LNG vehicles for the needs of the gas industry;
- joint-organization authorized maintenance centers and repair of KAMAZ gas vehicles, as well as training of qualified and certified technical personnel for these centers based on Gazprom’s subsidiaries;
- conduct joint scientific and technical events (conferences, presentations, round tables, etc.) on the exploitation of natural gas vehicles;
- organizing and conducting promotional events, gas highways, exhibitions, etc.,
- joint participation in the programs of the gasification of transport in regional and municipal programs (Republic of Tatarstan and Sakha (Yakutia), Primorye, Yamal) and sports and social projects (Universiade 2013, Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014, FIFA World Cup 2018 years); and
- the creation, based on Gazprom recommendations, of new CNG and LNG technology for the natural gas vehicle industry, including multi-purpose chassis and mobile refuelling stations.
At the Ural International Exhibition, Innoprom-2011, held in Yekaterinburg in mid-July, an agreement was signed between the Government of Sverdlovsk region, Gazprom transgaz Yekaterinburg and KAMAZ for the promotion of natural gas as a fuel. The agreement provides for a development program for the use of gas fuel in the Sverdlovsk region, aimed at bringing about economic efficiency of the transport system while reducing environmental impact.
Vehicles exhibited consisted of a rear-tipping garbage truck Minipac MK-2 built on the basis of KAMAZ-4308 chassis, a combined road car KAMAZ-ED-405G and a low-entry first-class city bus NEFAZ-5299. All models were equipped with gas engines produced by KAMAZ and foreign companies which meet Euro-4 and Euro 5 environmental standards.