The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of International Affairs and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Clean Cities program are hosting a Clean Cities Transportation Workshop for Policymakers on NGVs, to be held September 17, 2013 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event will be the third such program training participants on natural gas vehicles and the Clean Cities model that the Department has conducted in Kazakhstan since 2011 in support of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Energy Partnership.
KazTransGas, the national Kazakhstan natural gas company, is co-hosting the event. Cummins-Westport, Inc. is a sponsor.
Since 2011, Almaty Electrotrans (AET), the municipal bus company of the city of Almaty, has deployed 200 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled buses, supported by a $35 million loan from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). AET awarded the bus contract to Zhengzhou Yutong, a Chinese company that uses Cummins-Westport, Inc. C Gas Plus natural gas engines. The company plans to deploy more than 600 CNG buses in Almaty, and there is the potential for sizeable deployment of natural gas vehicles in other Kazakh cities.
Cooperation between the United States and Kazakhstan in the transport sector is an initiative of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Energy Partnership, which is chaired by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Minister of Oil and Gas Sauat Mynbayev. Under contract to Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Jeffrey Seisler, Clean Fuels Consulting, will be providing the training on natural gas vehicle technologies, standards/regulations, and varying incentive policies.