Background & Purpose

Demand for natural gas in the transportation sector is already strong. Currently, there are close to 18 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the world, with 1.5 million of them in Europe. In 2012, the demand for the “blue fuel” in transport reached 30 billion cubic meters, and 21,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations were operating worldwide.

Going forward, experts believe that 50 million NGVs may be consuming 200 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually by 2020. According to the International Gas Union, there will be more than 100 million NGVs on the road by 2030.

To encourage the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, Gazprom, E.ON and a number of other natural gas companies, vehicle manufacturers and NGV associations support Blue Corridor which hosts NGV rallies, roundtable discussions and this website.

Since Blue Corridor began, the use of natural gas in transportation has grown. When the first rally was held in 2008, there were 9.5 million NGVs around the world. This number has almost doubled today. Still, there remains a demand – and need – to further expand the market. Today, Blue Corridor continues to encourage a dialogue online and through events around the world with relevant stakeholders about the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas and how they can encourage the adoption of NGVs.


The Benefits of Natural Gas

Blue Corridor promotes natural gas as a transportation fuel because it has many advantages for consumers, governments and corporate fleet owners:

  • Natural gas is clean: Driving NGVs benefits the environment because natural gas-powered engines emit 25% less carbon dioxide compared to petrol, produce 95% less nitrogen oxide, generate almost no particular matter and do not produce any soot at all.
  • Natural gas is affordable: Natural gas is the cheapest fuel currently on the market. It allows drivers to save about 30% of fuel costs compared to diesel and about 50% compared to petrol. In the current economic climate, this kind of savings can have a monumental impact.
  • Natural gas is safe: Natural gas is proven to be the safest transportation fuel worldwide. Natural gas requires very little processing and is less flammable than other transportation fuels.
  • Natural Gas is abundant: According to the International Gas Union, current natural gas reserves will last for at least another 250 years, dependably providing us with transportation fuel for years to come.


History of the Blue Corridor NGV Rally

In 2010, E.ON joined the event and supported its expansion to Europe to promote natural gas as the most environmentally friendly and economic transportation fuel, particularly for municipalities and government fleets.

Previous rallies have visited myriad cities and towns:

  • September 2008 stops: St. Petersburg, Russia; Veliky Novgorod, Russia; Tver, Russia; and Moscow, Russia.
  • April 2009 stops: Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Krasnodar, Russia; Novorossiysk, Russia; and Sochi, Russia.
  • September 2010 stops: Moscow, Russia; Ryazan, Russia; Penza, Russia; Ulyanovsk, Russia; Togliatti, Russia; Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia; Kazan, Russia; and Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.
  • June 2011 stops: Prague, Czech Republic; Leipzig, Germany; Wolfsburg, Germany; Berlin, Germany; and Greifswald, Germany.
  • November 2011 stops: Yekaterinburg, Russia; Chelyabinsk, Russia; Ufa, Russia; Orenburg, Russia; Samara, Russia; Saratov, Russia; Volgograd, Russia; Voronezh, Russia; Tambov, Russia; Tula, Russia; and Moscow, Russia.
  • September 2012 stops: Moscow, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; Essen, Germany; and Berlin, Germany.


The “Blue Corridor-2015” NGV Rally: Eiffel Tour

The ninth international ‘Blue Corridor’ rally of OEM-produced natural gas-fuelled vehicles (NGV) will start its engines on 24 May 2015. It will culminate in early June in Paris at the World Gas Congress. The rally will cover an overall distance of 6890 km to
Paris and back in 19 days.

The participants of the “Blue Corridor-2015” will drive along the motorways of Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, and France. Throughout the rally, representatives of the gas and automotive industries, politicians, ecologists and motor fans will be able to share their views on various aspects of the developing NGV market in Europe.