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Westport, Gazprom partner to expand Russian market for natural gas vehicles

Westport is a leader in CNG-powered vehicles, particularly light trucks

Westport Innovations Inc. of North America and Gasprom are teaming up to promote natural gas powered vehicles,  in the growing Russian automotive market, the two companies announced Thursday.

WestportWestport and the subsidiary of Russia’s  Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, have signed a market development agreement focused on expanding the use of natural gas vehicles in Russia and the localization of manufacturing of Westport’s Emer brand natural gas products.

The companies signed a roadmap outlining their planned market development activities at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

Gazprom has 200 existing compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, with plans to invest in existing station upgrades and new station construction to meet a target of about 500 fuelling stations by 2020.

According to Gazprom, CNG consumption is projected to grow from 0.4 billion cubic meters in 2013 to 10.4 billion cubic meters by 2020, and LNG consumption to grow from zero to 3.8 million tons per year. Thirty-one regions in Russia have been selected for investment projects promoting the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

Westport“Gazprom is investing in initiatives to accelerate growth of the natural gas vehicle market in Russia due to strong demand for emissions compliance,” said Mikhail Likhachev, Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo.

“We are working with Emer, a Westport company, for its expertise in natural gas vehicle components and market development.”

“In addition to assessing localized 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,” said Maurizio Grando, executive VP, applied technologies group at Westport.

According to Power Systems Research, there were a total of 2.2 million units sold in the light-duty market (cars, light-duty trucks and vans) in Russia in 2013. In the medium- and heavy-duty bus and truck market, there were 119,881 units sold in the same timeframe.

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