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7 October 2021

NGV Rally Blue Corridor Finished In St Petersburg

On October 7, the 10th St Petersburg International Gas Forum held the ceremonial finish of the Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2021 NGV Rally.

This year’s Rally was organized only in Russia due to the global pandemic. The NGVs were running to St Petersburg from Miass (Chelyabinsk Region), where trucks of Ural and Iveco brands are manufactured. Within more than three weeks, the rally participants covered more than 3,000 km, visited seven cities.

A highly topical business program has become an important element of the Rally. Leading Russian NGV automakers hosted its events. Among them are Urals Automotive Plant (Miass), KAMAZ and Raritek Group (Naberezhnye Chelny), GAZ Group (Nizhny Novgorod), as well as Volgabus (Vladimir). The key support to these events was provided by the Russian National Gas Engine Association and by Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo LLC. Round tables within the Rally were held in St Petersburg and Moscow. The main topic of these events was the expanding the gas fuel use in various sectors, technology development, as well as measures to support manufacturers and consumers of NGV equipment along with the development of related infrastructure, including on the Europe-China gas transmission corridor.

As a tradition, the Rally was coordinated by Gazprom Group and Uniper SE. The ceremonial finish was attended by Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom and Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for Cooperation with GECF, as well as by Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Maubach, CEO of Uniper SE.
 

Background

The Blue Corridor Rally was originated by Gazprom Group in 2008. Since 2010, the German company Uniper SE joined the coordination team, having Blue Corridor internationally expanded. Later, other prominent European and Russian gas and auto-market stakeholders came on board as well.

Over the lifetime of the Blue Corridor project, nearly 200 factory built CNG and LNG vehicles drove over 60.000 km across 26 European and Asian countries visiting 130 cities from Atlantic to Pacific oceans.
 

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