In Ufa, the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, which lies between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains, Gazprom has completed the reconstruction and modernising of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station, increasing the capacity for fuel supply and making it more convenient for filling large vehicles.
In particular, energy-efficient compressors and an automated control system have been installed. Also increased is the number of dispensers and the distance between them.
The event was attended by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom; Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of PJSC Gazprom; Mikhail Likhachev, General Director of Gazprom gas fuel; Shamil Sharipov, General Director of OOO Gazprom Transgaz Ufa, and representatives of regional authorities.
The Ufa CNG station is one of 11 Gazprom CNG stations operating in the territory of Bashkortostan. The station is designed in the new corporate style that will be used in all new and renovated CNG stations. It is decorated in white and blue colors with the addition of green, symbolizing the ecological compatibility and safety of motor fuel.
Bashkortostan is one of the ten priority areas nominated for large-scale work on the development of the domestic motor fuel market. Gazprom sees the Republic as having great potential to increase the consumption of methane fuel and regards it as one of the basic platforms for distribution filling station in neighboring regions.
The Republic’s government has actively promoted the NGV market through infrastructure development and expansion of the fleet running on natural gas. In March this year, the Republic purchased 30 NEFAZ 5299-30-51 city buses from Russian auto manufacturer OJSC KAMAZ. The CNG buses were destined for operations in the city of Neftekamsk.
Overall, by 2023 in Bashkortostan, Gazprom plans to build 13 CNG filling stations and petrol stations equipped with 17 conventional units for compressed natural gas filling. When completed he CNG station network will have increased more than threefold, reaching 41 outlets.
“Increased use of natural gas for transportation is one of the most important activities of Gazprom. The total investment in the construction of gas-filling complexes in 2015 exceeded 10 billion rubles. About 600 million of them are aimed at the construction and reconstruction of four filling stations in Bashkiria [Bashkortostan]. In general, in Russia in 2015, Gazprom has scheduled commissioning of 25 filling stations and has about 40 new facilities scheduled to open in 2016. Bashkortostan is one of our key areas of work in the Volga Federal District,” said Viktor Zubkov.