Gazprom Germania, an arm of the Russian gas giant, is joining with the Erdgas Mobil natural gas vehicles association to add four new compressed natural gas fueling outlets in the Berlin area this year.
Two will be located in Berlin proper, with another in Quedlinburg and a fourth in Potsdam.
Four more will be added in 2013, for a planned total of ten.
Gazprom Germania has operated a CNG fueling station at Berlin’s Tegel Airport since at least 2008. As Tegel is closing this spring (in favor of Berlin’s new Schönefeld south of the city), the Tegel station will be relocated, says NGVs business development chief David Graebe.
Gazprom Germania meanwhile opened its second natural gas filling station in Berlin in cooperation with the French oil company Total, on Heidestrasse near Berlin’s Main Station and the Tiergarten Tunnel in January 2011.
“Investing in more environmentally friendly natural gas stations makes Gazprom a major contributor to the development of ecological mobility in Germany,” Vyacheslav Krupenkov, chief executive of Gazprom Germania GmbH, says in a release.
The Gazprom Germania’s investment “shows that such a concept is successful and that there is another big company that wants to increase their commitment in this area,” said Erdgas Mobil director Olaf Rumberg.
Erdgas Mobil has played an active role in the development of Germany’s network of CNG fueling station, having implemented some 480 projects, equivalent to more than half of all CNG stations in the country. This year more than two dozen new fueling facilities are to open in Germany.
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