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Mikhail Likhachev is Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo. He was born in 1971 in the Leningrad Region.


In 1994, Mikhail Likhachev graduated from Ustinov Baltic State Technical University. In 2009, he received an MBA degree from International University in Moscow.

Professional experience


Head of Pipes and Fittings Department at Gazprom Komplektatsiya.


Deputy Director General for Supply Management at Gazprom Komplektatsiya.

Since January 2014

Chairman of the Management Committee – Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo.

Company history

Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo was set up in December 2012.

Gazprom granted Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo the status of the single NGV market operator. The company’s goal is to create a favorable environment for gas conversion of vehicles by expanding the natural gas fueling infrastructure. Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo consolidates Gazprom Group’s core assets and provides for the creation of a new production and marketing infrastructure for selling compressed and liquefied natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo has its headquarters in St. Petersburg, with branch offices in Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Tomsk, Samara, Stavropol, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and St. Petersburg. The company’s reach extends across the Russian Federation.

Major activities

1. Creating the infrastructure for NGV market development in Russia, including the construction of compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations, cryogenic filling stations, natural gas liquefaction units and other required facilities. In 2016, the company plans to complete the construction of 35 CNG stations and reconstruct 4 CNG stations in 21 Russian regions. By late 2020, Gazprom’s CNG network in Russia will include about 500 units.

2. Interacting with federal authorities to improve the legislative and regulatory frameworks in the NGV sector.

3. Cooperating with regional authorities to develop the NGV market. Agreements on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel were signed with 45 Russian regions.

Signing of agreement between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and Leningrad Region

Signing of agreement between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and Leningrad Region

4. Collaborating with car producers and manufacturers of equipment for the gas filling infrastructure.

5. Stimulating the demand for natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

Environmental protection

The wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a project of national significance in Russia.

Today, vehicles cause up to 90 per cent of air pollution. It is therefore difficult to overestimate the environmental benefits of NGV fuel. NGV conversion leads to a substantial drop in the emissions of soot, highly toxic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon oxides, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides.

Reduction in toxic emissions due to use of natural gas instead of oil fuel

Thanks to the use of NGV fuel, emissions of air toxics decline by over 25 per cent. Exhaust gases from methane engines are 60 per cent less harmful to human health than those from oil engines.


If Russia’s NGV market develops gradually, compressed natural gas consumption is predicted to grow from 0.4 billion cubic meters in 2013 to 10.4 billion cubic meters by 2020, with liquefied natural gas consumption skyrocketing from 0 to 3.8 million tons per year.

Thirty-one regions of the Russian Federation were selected for implementing the investment projects on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

CNG station in Krasnodar

CNG station in Krasnodar