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July 4, 2012 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gazprom and E.On Prep for September’s Blue Corridor Rally

Russia’s Gazprom and the German Utility E.On Ruhrgas – along with dozens of partners and sponsors – are planning for September’s Blue Corridor 2012 natural gas vehicles road show that starts and finishes in Moscow with Minsk, Prague, Paris, Brussels, Essen, Berlin and Smolensk among its fill and sleep – and meeting – spots.

The devil’s in the details…

The 3,800-mile, 18-day rally is to include round-table discussions in more than half a dozen countries where local politicians, fleet managers, vehicle manufacturers, the media and general public can learn about NGVs.

The Blue Corridor 2012 marathon starts at the close of the GasSUF 2012 exhibition and conference, which runs September 4-6 at the EcoCentre Sokolniki outside Moscow.

Russia’s Gazprom and Germany’s E.On Ruhrgas utility are planning the 3,800-mile Blue Corridor 2012 natural gas vehicles rally for September.

OEM vehicles from Iveco, Russia’s Kamaz, MAN, Volkswagen and China’s Yutong are expected. As many as 20 different OEM NGVs are likely to make the journey – or part of it, says Moscow-based Eugene Pronin, who heads NGV efforts at Gazprom and for NGVRus, the Russian association.

Not All Will Do All

“Not all vehicles will drive the entire route,” Pronin says. “Some will join and quit.”

In addition to various Gazprom and E.On units, including Gazprom Germania, sponsoring participants include Beltransgas (Belarus), Finland’s Gasum, GDF Suez (France) and the Czech Republic’s Vemex.  Supporting associations include the Czech Gas Association, NGV Polska, and Madrid- and Brussels-based NGVA Europe.

GasSUF 2011 in Moscow

Among other supporting organizations are UNECE (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), the International Gas Union, and the European Business Congress, sponsor of what Pronin calls the “key” round-table meeting in Brussels within the framework of the Russia – EU Energy Dialogue.

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