Preparation are underway for the fifth “Blue Corridor” rally for factory-made natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Russia. This year organised by Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, the journey will commence October 19th in Yekaterinburg, passing through Chelyabinsk – Ufa – Orenburg – Samara – Saratov – Volgograd – Voronezh – Tambov – Tula – to reach Moscow on November 1st, at distance of 3600 km.
The idea of the Blue Corridor Project was launched in the year 2000 by the non-governmental Vernadsky Ecological Foundation (Moscow). The objective of the project is to establish transport corridors for heavy duty transport vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel instead of diesel, both because of its economic and environmental advantages.
Roundtable discussions will be conducted along the Blue Corridor route, intended to disseminate information and promote NGVs, for representatives from government departments, local industry and the automotive public.
Upon completion of the rally a meeting will be held with the Inter-sector federal authorities on the topic “Challenges for the phased replacement of municipal transport vehicles to natural gas and expanding the network of gas filling stations in the light of the Orders of the President of the Russian Federation of 27.06.2011 № 1923-pr “. (November 2, 2011, Moscow).
The rally will be preceded by GasSUF-2011, the 9th International gas exhibition of technologies for gas processing and effective use of gas, to be held at the EcoCentre Sokolniki in Moscow, from 11-13 October, 2011.
(This article primarily compiled using information from an NGVRUS press release)