Emphasis on Components by Westport Subsidiary Emer
Westport has disclosed a market development agreement with Gazprom “focused on expanding the use of natural gas vehicles in Russia and the localization of manufacturing of Westport’s Emer brand natural gas products.”
Emer is an Italian subsidiary of Westport that manufactures such NGV components as valves, solenoids and fueling receptacles, as well as propane autogas equipment.
Gazprom has 200 existing compressed natural gas fueling stations, Westport says, “with plans to invest in existing station upgrades and new station construction to meet a target of about 500 fueling stations by 2020.
“According to Gazprom, CNG consumption is projected to grow from 0.4 billion cubic meters in 2013 to 10.4 billion cubic meters by 2020,” the announcement continues. “Thirty-one regions in Russia have been selected for investment projects promoting the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.”
“Gazprom is investing in initiatives to accelerate growth of the natural gas vehicle market in Russia due to strong demand for emissions compliance,” Mikhail Likhachev, director general of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, says in the Westport release. “We are working with Emer, a Westport company, for its expertise in natural gas vehicle components and market development.”
“In addition to assessing localized manufacturing and building relationships with Russian OEMs for vehicle development opportunities, Westport will advise on regulatory requirements to enable effective use of natural gas in transportation,” said Maurizio Grando, executive VP at Westport’s Applied Technologies Group.
Representatives of Westport and Gazprom signed the latest agreement at SPIGF, this past week’s International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg.
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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up