Blue Corridor – 2019

Blue Corridor 2019 Rally Logo

The route of the Blue Corridor – Gas into Engines 2019 rally symbolically connected the start and ending points of the TurkStream and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.

The rally was divided into two parts. The European route was focused on a newly developing segment of use of natural gas on the European market – gas on transport. The route started in Istanbul, Turkey. This country is the main target market for gas, which is supplied through the TurkStream gas pipeline. After that, the participants of the rally proceeded via the Balkans to Italy, Belgium, Austria and Germany. On September 20, within the ceremonial finish of the European part in German Lubmin – the landfall point of the Nord Stream 2 – the torch was symbolically passed to the participants of the Russian part of the rally.

Russian part of the rally started from the gas-compressor station Russkaya (Krasnodar Krai). It is the start point of the TurkStream. The rally team then proceeded to the start point of the Nord Stream 2 in Leningrad Oblast.

The ceremonial finish of the rally took place on October 3, within the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, where Russian and European NGV crews met.

Along the European part of the rally, round tables and media events took place in Istanbul, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Milan, Brussels, Vienna, Zwickau, Berlin, Lubmin and St. Petersburg. Representatives of the gas industry and transport companies, car manufacturers as well as officials, experts and journalists gathered to discuss the technological and legal aspects of use of natural gas on transport, as well as the environmental, economic and social benefits of this type of fuel.