Russian companies “Gazprom natural gas motor fuel” and KAMAZ have signed a project road map related to creation of a Cryo Fuel Filling Station (KrioAZS) pilot route, supplying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Naberezhnye Chelny, the second largest city in the Republic of Tatarstan to Magnitogorsk, an industrial city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located at the southern end of the Ural Mountains — a minimum distance of 637 kms depending on final route taken.
Construction of this fuel filling stations network will be synchronized with the introduction of natural gas based fuel transportation produced by KAMAZ at this logistic route. Project delivery time is 4th quarter of year 2017.
The first stage of cooperation will be pre-project elaboration, which then will identify a preliminary scheme of gas filling station locations and also quantity of transport running on natural gas required to ensure freight traffic. Based on a preliminary estimate, the truck fleet involved will be around 100 vehicles and yearly volume of consumed LNG will be over 2.2 thousand tons.
Following the results of a feasibility study “Gazprom natural gas motor fuel” will carry out designing and construction of the Cryo Fuel Filling Stations network on the route from Naberezhnye Chelny to Magnitogorsk. And KAMAZ in its turn will carry out research and development works and organize production of vehicles running on liquefied natural gas fuel, and create service infrastructure for its maintenance.
“Pilot project realization together with KAMAZ will allow us work out comprehensive solutions which in the long term will be applied in creation of both federal and international highways for gas-engine vehicles”, said Mr. Mikhail Likhachev, general director of “Gazprom natural gas motor fuel” company.