Natural gas vehicles are becoming increasingly important as Russia moves to increase its domestic use of natural gas.
That was the word from Gazprom board chairman Alexei Miller at the firm’s shareholders meeting last week.
“Developing a network of gas stations has become one of the most important directions of our work,” Miller said, reiterating comments made earlier in the year.
The societal goal of reducing emission from vehicles dovetails nicely with Gazprom’s goal of increasing Russia’s use of natural gas as a motor fuel, which Miller termed “a profitable business for us.”
Miller noted that “the scope of methane in engines is not limited to cars” – agricultural machinery, locomotives, and ships on both rivers and at sea are candidates for natural gas fuel.
Underground natural gas storage facilities that are less affected by seasonal weather extremes are a high Gazprom priority too, he said.
Russia currently has approximately 86,000 natural gas vehicles and 247 fueling stations.
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