Blue Corridor — 2017

Blue Corridor 2017 LNGV Rally Logo

On 5 October, the 11th annual natural gas rally Blue Corridor — 2017 crossed the finish line in St. Petersburg. The ceremonial finish of the Rally was attended by Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee Vitaly Markelov, Chairman of the Management Committee of the German company Uniper Klaus Schäfer, Director General of Gazprom Export Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Gas Engine Fuel Mikhail Likhachev. The ceremonial finish took place within the 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The route of the Rally, designed to promote the use of natural gas in transportation, crossed 12 European countries from Portugal to Russia and totalled to 5,5 thousand kilometres. The Rally was focused on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on trucks.

“Blue Corridor Rally has once again proved that natural gas is being used as a motor fuel across the whole European continent, allowing to efficiently reduce emissions and to improve the environment”, said Vitaly Markelov in his welcoming speech.

“The rally showed that you can cross the whole Europe in a safe and environmentally friendly manner”, said Klaus Schäfer.

This year the Blue Corridor Rally was attended by 10 long-haul vehicles, such as Iveco, Scania, Ural, KAMAZ, MAZ running on LNG, as well as by seven CNG (compressed natural gas) fueled passenger cars including Volkswagen, SEAT and Lada. Beyond that, various CNG fueled cars of other automanufacturers owned by the local partners joined the various events of the Rally.

Within the Rally, the participants organized round table discussions attended by the carmakers, representatives of oil and gas companies, expert community and the media. This year, the round tables took place in Lisbon, Milan, Ulm, Berlin and Tallinn. In Portugal and in Spain media events for journalists as well as presentations for the partner companies were organized in addition to the round tables.

The round tables’ participants unanimously agreed that the scope of the use of natural gas on transport is constantly expanding. Carmakers present new models of natural gas fueled transport, from CNG fueled small and commercial vehicles to heavy long-haul and freight trucks. A number of CNG and LNG stations increase significantly forming full-fledged transport corridors. With the use of the natural gas, the environmental footprint of the transportation sector decreases significantly.

The focus on the use of LNG on freight transport has provoked a vivid response of the European media and the experts’ community. Dozens of articles and TV footages covered the Rally this year.

“Such a huge interest to gas as a motor fuel we are now observing worldwide means that the Blue Corridor Rally will move forward and new participants from European and Asian countries will join it. I am sure that in the future Blue Corridor will take the emerging Eurasian transport route from Lisbon to Beijing”, — said the coordinator of the Rally of Gazprom Export Eugene Pronin.

Gazprom Export expresses the deepest gratitude to all the Rally attendees for their invaluable contribution. We wish you all the success and see you soon!

Information brochure about the benefits of using natural gas as a motor fuel and the „Blue corridor — 2017” rally is available below:



The Blue Corridor Rally was originated by Gazprom Group in 2008. Since 2010, the German company Uniper SE and other prominent European gas and auto-market stakeholders joined the project, expanding Blue Corridor internationally. During the recent decade of the Blue Corridor project over 190 factory built CNG and LNG vehicles drove over 45,000 kilometers across 25 European countries visiting 120 cities from Yekaterinburg to Brussels and from Gothenburg to Sochi.
The rally is traditionally coordinated by Gazprom Export LLC and Uniper SE. Since 2014 Gazprom gas engine fuel LLC has joined coordination team.
This year the rally was focused on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a motor fuel for freight transport. Apart from trucks on LNG, cars running on compressed natural gas (CNG) also took part in the rally. The use of natural gas in the European transport sector is gaining traction and becomes even more needed for Europe in light of the aim to achieve goals of the Paris climate agreement. According to industry association NGVA Europe, today there are 1.3 million of natural gas vehicles and about 3.5 thousand of gas filling stations. Furthermore, there are already more than 100 LNG fueling stations. NGVA Europe forecasts that 400 thousand of trucks on LNG will run across European roads by 2030.
Today the Gazprom Group operates 255 gas filling stations in Russia, as well as about 70 gas stations in Europe, including 2 LNG stations in Olsztyn and Warsaw.