4 September 2018

The Longest NGV Rally in the World Started in China

On Tuesday, September 4th, the official start of the natural gas vehicles rally along the Europe — China transport route took place in the Chinese town of Rudong, that lies on the coast of the Yellow Sea. Around one hundred guests took part in the festive ceremony. The similar number of guests joined the event from Beijing via live broadcast, where the top management of the rally organizers, Gazprom, CNPC and KazMunayGas, welcomed the rally participants.

The main actors of the ceremony were LNG and CNG fuelled vehicles, which will drive nearly ten thousand kilometeres through China, Kazakhstan and Russia on their way to the finish ceremony in St. Petersburg on October 4th. The rally crew includes NGV heavy-duty trucks, buses and passenger cars produced by Russian and Chinese manufactures, among them a veteran of such kind of NGV rallies, the Volkswagen Passat of German company Uniper, that took part in the Blue Corridor NGV rallies before. All in all around 15 vehicles take part in the rally.

In his welcome speech, Vice-President of CNPC Qin Weizhong emphasized that development of natural gas fuelling infrastructure along the Europe — China transport route could boost economic growth of the neighboring territories, and would make a significant contribution to natural environment protection.

Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee Vitaly Markelov in his video message expressed his confidence that the rally will demonstrate economical and ecological benefits of natural gas as a motor fuel, especially for long distance heavy-duty trucks, and will become another important step in developing trade and economic cooperation of these three countries.

Chairman of the Board, General Director of JSC KazTransGas Rustam Suleimanov in his speech highlighted that expansion of environmentally friendly transport was one of the state priority for Kazakhstan on the transition to the ‘green’ economy.

Next public event within the rally is the Forum on promotion of natural gas use as a motor fuel, which will take place on September 7th in the city of Xian, the ancient capital of China.


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