Gas motor fuel

Natural gas is not only fuel for heating houses, warming up water and cooking. It is also a motor fuel which presents a unique combination of environmental, economical and technological advantages that distinguish it from other types of propellants.

CO2 emissions from natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are 25% less than from cars running on petrol. Gas engines release about 95% less carbon dioxide than diesel. Particulate matters emissions from these motors are practically zero. Modern factory-manufactured gas-powered vehicles comply with Euro 6 emissions standards.

One of the key issues in developing the use of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles is the underdeveloped gas filling infrastructure with compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG). Gazprom Group makes a significant contribution to this development — both in Russia and abroad, including on the European market, and is making an important contribution to the development of gas-refueling infrastructure:

  • In 2013 in the City of Olsztyn (Poland), Gazprom Group joined Solbus in commissioning Europe’s first 11 LNG-powered city buses. In February 2015 in Warsaw, Gazprom and Solbus implemented a similar project resulting in the commissioning of 35 LNG-powered buses.
  • In Germany in 2016, Gazprom Group established the new company Gazprom NGV Europe (NGVE), which will focus on further development of NGV sector in Europe. Currently, NGVE is the operator of 49 automatic gas-filing compressor stations (AGFCS).
  • In the Czech Republic, by 2017 Gazprom Group subsidiaries and affiliates own 15 gas-filling stations. In addition, the AGFCS controlled by independent companies are supplied with natural gas from the Vemex portfolio.

Our company takes a proactive stance in international and national organizations to promote LNG as a fuel for freight and urban municipal vehicles, as well as sea and river vessels.

Since 2008, Gazprom Group in cooperation with Uniper (previously E.ON Global Commodities) regularly organizes Blue Corridor rally. Each year a road train of NGV’s travels thousands of kilometers across Europe, proving that giant traffic flows can harm the environment much less if the development of the NGV infrastructure continues.

In 2016, 10th anniversary NGV rally “Blue Corridor-2016. The Amber road” crews drove more than 3800 km across the roads of the Baltic region. The main focus of the event has been shifted to the promotion of LNG for bunkering, which is especially relevant in light of tightening emission standards for sea vessels. That is why the key stages of the anniversary rally took place in important port cities of Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden — around the whole Baltic Sea.

In September 2017, the 11th NGV rally “Blue Corridor-2017: Iberia-Baltia” starts in Lisbon. Participants of this “Blue Corridor” will use liquefied natural gas as motor fuel of their vehicles.

Also, in 2013-2014, Volkswagen and Gazprom Group cooperated on the Scirocco R-Cup racing series to promote natural gas for transport. Held annually from 2010 to 2014, the R-Cup project aimed to highlight the commercially produced Volkswagen Scirocco CNG-cars fitted with two-liter turbo engine. Gazprom became the exclusive supplier of fuel for the series.

Since 2016 Gazprom Germania has been granting sponsorship and provides an NGV Audi A3 lead car for Audi TT racing series.

Gazprom Group itself has more than 4000 cars on methane, which is the largest corporate fleet of a kind.

 

Background

Passenger vehicles are filled with compressed natural gas (CNG), while freight and urban public transport, as well as sea and river vessels are filled with liquefied natural gas (LNG).
From 2004 to 2016, the global NGV population grew by over 6 times and now tops 23 million vehicles. According to International Gas Union, by 2020 the number of methane-powered vehicles could reach 50 million units. By 2030, natural gas may account for 4 percent of the global motor fuel balance, while demand for gas fuel in Europe could climb to 40 bcm.

 

 

Using Natural Gas as Motor Fuel - Brochure Memo