Kazakhstan Builds on Successful NGV Implementation

| Kazakhstan, Almaty

Upcoming forum in August.

Over the past two years the Republic of Kazakhstan has embraced natural gas for transportation, celebrated and formally kicked off last March 2011 with a Clean Cities Transportation Workshop in Almaty, and the commissioning of its first refuelling infrastructure in April 2010. With concrete plans to build 100 CNG stations and distribute over 100,000 NGVs by 2014, Kazakhstan is said by some to be the next frontier for NGV growth in the Asia Pacific region. Now the country is ready to share its experiences with other cities in the region, via a CNG-NGV Central Asia Forum to be held later this month.

The event has been organised by KazTransGas (KTG). The company was established in 2000 to regulate the gas sector in Kazakhstan and provide corporate management services in gas exploration, production, transportation and distribution KTG is a part of national oil and gas company KazMunayGas. The organisers point out that natural gas technology is the most promising in the short to medium term outlook towards critically reducing carbon emissions from transportation by as much as 20 – 30%.

The energy-rich nation has over 85 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) proven natural gas reserves.

NGV Kazakhstan Forum, subtitled Practical and Effective Strategies for CNG and NGV Implementation Throughout Major Cities in Kazakhstan, will be held on the 17-18 August, in Almaty, the focal city for implementation of the country’s “Concept on Expansion of CNG as a motor fuel for 2010-2015″ program.

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