Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Gazprom wants more gas powered vehicles in Belarus

Gazprom is interested in the expansion of the gas engine fuel market in Belarus, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Alexei Miller said at a session discussing the gas transportation system of Belarus on August 23, BelTA says.


Gazprom is interested in the expansion of the gas engine fuel market in Belarus, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Alexei Miller said at a session discussing the gas transportation system of Belarus on August 23, BelTA says.

Alexei Miller emphasized the need to expand the network of CNG refueling compressor stations.

"Gas engine fuel is cheaper for consumers than engine fuel produced from oil; it is an objective reality, these are different, high environmental standards," he said.

One cubic meter of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Belarus costs Br2,430, which is 2.7 times less than one liter of AI-92 petrol and 3 times less than one liter of diesel fuel. Seven specialized sections and one cylinder evaluation office were set up at Beltransgaz to reequip vehicles to use gas engine fuel, to provide repairs and maintenance. There are about 5,000 compressed gas vehicles in Belarus. Beltransgaz runs a network of 26 CNG refueling compressor stations with the capacity of 9,000 fillings per day or 165 million cubic meters of compressed natural gas per year. Some 16.6 million cubic meters of this gas was sold in 2011, the average load of the stations was 13.1%.

Gazprom is also interested in creating new facilities in Belarus to make trucks that use gas engine fuel.

Alexei Miller believes that the development of the gas engine fuel market in Belarus will give a boost to the development of the productions sector, in particular, the development of the production of automobiles and machines with gas engines.

"We plan to discuss all these matters together with relevant Belarusian government agencies," he specified.

Gazprom will fully satisfy Belarus’ demand for natural gas, Alexei Miller noted.