Today the 7th rally of natural gas fueled vehicles – Blue Corridor – started in St Petersburg, Russia. Trucks, light-weight vehicles and buses running on gas lined up are heading off for a 16-day, 3900 km journey through 9 European countries, following the old Hansa trade route. The rally showcases the advantages of natural gas as a clean, safe and affordable fuel, with a key role to play in Europe’s mobility.
The launch ceremony took place at a Gazprom Neft multi-fuel filling station, where participants and the organizers Gazprom Export, E.ON, Gazprom Gazomotornoe Toplivo as well as St Petersburg regional authorities witnessed the fueling of a compressed natural gas (CNG) truck.
Andre Schumann, Head of Technical Cooperation and Project Support Department at E.ON in Moscow told the audience “This rally will help us demonstrate that natural gas can be used not only for heating but as reliable, cheap and clean fuel for both public and private transport”. Igor Maynitsky, in charge of small-scale LNG at Gazprom Export, said: “We at Gazprom Export see important potential for the use of natural gas as transport fuel, both as CNG for automobile transport and as LNG for automobile and maritime transport”.