In Tatarstan, Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel plans to complete the construction of two new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Zelenodolsk and Nizhnekamsk before the end of 2015, followed in 2016 by CNG stations in Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny, Yelabuga, Bugulma, Leninogorsk, Aznakaevo and the urban settlement of Alekseevskoe. The stations will be located in the vicinity of key natural gas customers – transport companies.
The region has signed around 100 agreements with key customers on the use of natural gas as a motor fuel. Thus, plans to expand gas fueling infrastructure are synchronised with the expansion of the regional gas fuelled fleet, explained the General Director of Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel, Mikhail Likhachev, during a visit to one of the construction sites.
Gazprom Gas Motor Fuel, a sunsidiary of Gazprom”, is charged with responsibility to expand the use of natural gas as a motor fuel, which, compared to conventional fuels, is more environmentally friendly, economical and safe.
On June 21, 2013 Gazprom, it’s subsidiary and the Republic of Tatarstan signed a tripartite agreement providing for cooperation on the increased use of natural gas as a motor fuel. Thus far, ten CNG stations are in operation: 3 in Kazan, 1 in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, and one in each of the cities of Nizhnekamsk, Almetyevsk, Bugulma, Mamadysh, Buinsk, and Shemordan.
Also, in February this year, Likhachev and Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov signed an Action Plan to implement a project in the field of small-tonnage production and use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a motor fuel in the Republic.