Blue Corridor-2017 Rally concludes in St. Petersburg


The Blue Corridor-2017: Iberia – Baltia NGV Rally concluded today in St. Petersburg as part of the 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The closing ceremony was attended by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Klaus Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Management Board of Uniper.

Vitaly Markelov (center) at closing ceremony for Blue Corridor-2017: Iberia – Baltia NGV Rally
Vitaly Markelov (center) at closing ceremony for Blue Corridor-2017: Iberia – Baltia NGV Rally

Vitaly Markelov (center)

The 11th Blue Corridor race kicked off in Lisbon on September 18. The route of the rally promoting the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel crossed 12 countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. The racers traveled over 5,300 kilometers in 19 days.

The overarching theme of the rally was the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in heavy vehicles.

LNG-powered trucks successfully completed every stage of the rally. Among those trucks were Russia’s first certified LNG-powered vehicles: the KAMAZ truck and the Ural NEXT workshop truck with a crane manipulator. The prototypes of the trucks were developed by the KAMAZ concern and the GAZ Group in conjunction with Gazprom. This year, Gazprom’s subsidiaries will commence the pilot operation of those and other Russian-made vehicles powered by LNG.

The rally also involved LNG-powered trucks made by Iveco, Scania, and Minsk Automobile Plant, as well as cars fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) from such manufacturers as Volkswagen, Seat, and Lada.

The program of the event included roundtables featuring automakers, representatives of oil and gas companies, members of the expert community, politicians, and the media. This year, discussions took place in Lisbon, Milan, Ulm, Berlin, and Tallinn.

“Compressed natural gas is widely used in many European countries already, especially for cars. And liquefied natural gas – LNG – has every chance to become just as available and widespread when it comes to trucks.

The Blue Corridor rally has shown once again that natural gas is used as a vehicle fuel across the entire European continent, effectively reducing harmful emissions and improving the environment,” said Vitaly Markelov.


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 a strategic priority for Gazprom.

Blue Corridor is an annual international rally for natural gas-fueled vehicles. The rallies supported by Gazprom, Germany's Uniper, and the Russian National Gas Vehicle Association have been held since 2008. The project is meant to demonstrate the environmental, technical, and economic advantages of natural gas over conventional fuels and to showcase the variety of modern factory-built gas equipment.

Uniper SE is focused on power generation and global energy trading.

Gazprom and Uniper collaborate on international gas supply and transportation projects and implement scientific & technical and social & cultural cooperation programs.


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