KamAZ and the Government of St. Petersburg to Sign an Agreement on Comprehensive Natural Gas Motor Fuel Implementation

Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC Gazprom, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Kogogin, CEO of PJSC KamAZ signed an agreement on the comprehensive natural gas motor fuel implementation in St. Petersburg.

According to this document, RUB 430 million will be allocated from public and regional funds to develop the natural gas motor fuel market in St. Petersburg until 2023.

The agreement provides for a phased transfer of road and water passenger transport and utility machinery to natural gas.

54 buses and 2 utility service vehicles will be purchased in 2021. City government will continue upgrading passenger vehicles. Earlier, 228 natural-gas-based buses were purchased by the city government.

Within the framework of the agreement, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia will consider the possible support for the developers and manufacturers of gas-based automobile and water vehicles.

Gazprom will expand the network of automotive gas filling compressor stations from 10 to 25 by 2024, as well as develop some options for creating infrastructure for refueling urban and water transport with liquefied natural gas.

KamAZ will manufacture the required quantities of buses and utility vehicles, which operate using environmentally friendly natural gas.

List of specific events under the Agreement, as well as implementation timelines will be registered within the quadripartite Roadmap for implementing the project titled Development of Natural Gas Motor Fuel Market in Saint Petersburg for 2021-2023.

Roadmap for implementing the pilot project titled Development of Natural Gas Motor Fuel Market in Saint Petersburg for 2019-2023 is in force between the city government and Gazprom.

"An important step has been made towards the environmental well-being of our city. The Agreement will allow ensuring the gradual transition of urban transport to natural-gas-based fuel in the next three years,” Governor Alexander Beglov said.

Gazprom will expand their network of gas-filling compressor stations to 25 facilities by 2024. There are 10 stations in the city now.

This year, 40 urban passenger buses using compressed natural gas will arrive in Kazan. Capital of Tatarstan will receive them from NEFAZ.

It is worth reminding that last week, KamAZ's electric "accordion" bus started being tested on the busiest routes in Moscow last week.

Source: Administration of St. Petersburg