Gazprom to create network of natural gas filling stations along Central Ring Road
Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Sergey Kelbakh, Chairman of the Board of the Russian Highways State Company (Avtodor), today signed a Cooperation Agreement at the 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The Agreement is aimed at creating natural gas filling infrastructure along the Central Ring Road currently under construction in Moscow and the Moscow Region.
The document includes a construction schedule for a network of gas filling facilities on the Central Ring Road. The facilities may be deployed on the premises of multi-fuel filling stations or separately. By 2025, Gazprom plans to build a total of nine such facilities. Avtodor, on its part, will allocate the land plots necessary for the construction.
The parties also agreed to formulate proposals regarding the construction and operation of mixed-use highway service areas, including bicycle racing and touring infrastructure, along the Central Ring Road.
The 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum is being held as part of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum 'Russian Energy Week.'
The production and marketing of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is one of Gazprom's priorities. A special-purpose company, Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, was established for ensuring the continuous development of the NGV market.
The Russian Highways State Company (Avtodor) was established in 2009. The company aims to expand the network of toll highways, attract extrabudgetary investments, and develop the roadside service infrastructure. Avtodor is responsible for the construction of the Central Ring Road.
In addition to filling stations, the mixed-use highway service areas will include parking spaces, rest stops for drivers and passengers, trade and catering zones, and other facilities.