Westport Innovations Inc. has announced that it has signed a development agreement with a Gazprom subsidiary – Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo – whilst at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. This agreement will see a focus put on the expansion of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in Russia, as well as localising the manufacture of Westport’s Emer natural gas products.
Currently, Gazprom has 200 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, and aims to have 500 by 2020. In addition to this, Gazprom expects that LNG consumption will grow to 3.8 million tpy by 2020. Already, 31 Russian regions have been targeted for NGV promotion.
Mikhail Likhachev, the Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, said: “Gazprom is investing in initiatives to accelerate growth of the natural gas vehicle market in Russia due to strong demand for emissions compliance.
“We are working with Emer, a Westport company, for its expertise in natural gas vehicle components and market development.”
Maurizio Grando, the Executive Vice President of Applied Technologies Group at Westport, added: “In addition to assessing localised manufacturing and building relationships with Russian OEMs for vehicle development opportunities, Westport will advise on regulatory requirements to enable effective use of natural gas in transportation”
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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