At least 400 buses and trucks in Sverdlovsk Region to become gas-powered

October 14, 2013. At least 400 public transport and road-cleaning vehicles will switch to the use of natural gas in the next 2 years. Gazprom-Gas-Based Motor Fuel is going to invest in the development of natural gas filling stations, but the scale of investments will actually depend on the number of fuel consumers. The agreement to this extent was signed by Governor Evgeny Kuivashev and the gas company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Viktor Zubkov.

The Governor explains that converting a portion of public transport vehicles to natural gas-based motor fuel will improve the environmental situation in large cities as well as will allow the city to increase its budget savings.

Gazprom’s daughter company allocated 13.8bn RUR to be invested in 2013-2014, and Sverdlovsk Region is going to get a portion of this amount that corresponds with the number of consumers, Zubkov pointed out.

The speakers said that stimulating demand for natural gas-based motor oil was the main problem.

‘A lot of companies are reluctant to convert to gas because they like having the opportunity of selling the unused diesel fuel on the side,’ said head of Gazprom-Gas-Based Motor Fuel.

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