Gazprom Germania GmbH, a subsidiary of Gazprom, is adding four natural gas refuelling stations to its existing two, with four more to be negotiated for 2013. The 2012 locations include two in Berlin (Tempelhof Bulgarian banks and road) and one each in Quedlinburg (Halberstadt Road) and Potsdam (Horstweg). The planning and construction is being managed by erdgas-mobil GmbH , the German NGV Association — an initiative of leading energy companies intent on creating a stronger foothold for natural gas and biomethane fuel in the German market.
“By investing in more environmentally friendly natural gas filling stations GAZPROM makes an important contribution to the development of ecological mobility in Germany,” said Vyacheslav Krupenkov, chief executive of Gazprom Germania GmbH.
Dr. Olaf Rumberg, director of erdgas gas-mobil and managing director, E.ON Gas Mobil, says the work of the association has helped to shape the structure of the German refuelling network significantly. Referring to Gazprom’s proposed investments, “It shows that the concept as such has success and engages another large company that wants to be in this area,” he said.
“The initiative has already implemented some 480 projects, equivalent to more than half of all gas stations in Germany. For 2012, some 25 new gas pumps are planned,” Rumberg added. At the end of 2011 there are about 900 natural gas filling stations in the country.
In addition to assisting with planning the construction and operation of gas stations, erdgas-mobil also offers expertise in the areas of maintenance contracts, plant management and technical concepts.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Gazprom Germania GmbH press release)