Blue Corridor NGV Rally 2016

“Blue Corridor-2016” to Start in May in St. Petersburg

The 10th annual NGV Rally “Blue Corridor-2016: Amber Road” will start its engines on 26 May 2016 in St. Petersburg. The Rally kicks into gear as the 19th Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress (IBC) takes place in St. Petersburg.

This year the route takes the natural-gas-fired vehicles (NGVs) around the Baltic Sea through the territory of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The NGV Rally 2016 is named “The Amber Road” after the ancient trade route which supplied amber from the Baltics to the Mediterranean.

The main focus of the jubilee NGV Rally will be on bunkering of marine vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Round tables, gathering politicians, port administrators, ship-owners and ship-builders, automakers, equipment manufacturers, transportation and logistics companies as well as journalists, will be organized in key Baltic seaports the Rally passes through.

LNG bunkering has become exceptionally important in light of increasingly stringent standards on the sulphur content in marine fuels used in the Baltics Sea that have been enforced since January 2015.

LNG offers ship and truck owners an ideal combination of ecological and economic bonuses, thus allowing them to save fuel costs and meet environmental standards.

Natural gas use in road transportation will also be discussed during the Blue Corridor-2016 Rally.

“A sea port is the crossroads for passenger and cargo corridors with all modes of transport blended into the natural hub for CNG and LNG filling infrastructure,” said Eugene Pronin, Gazprom Export’s Rally coordinator.

“There are already 1.8 million NGVs driving across Europe. They are helping to save fuel costs and contribute to cleaner air. In light of the recent commitments undertaken by international community at the COP21 conference in Paris, the expansion of LNG use in marine vessels becomes a matter of particular importance,” Andre Schumann, Head of Technical Cooperation and Project Support Department at Uniper, one of Blue Corridor’s other organizers, underlined.

The Blue Corridor Rally was initially organized by Gazprom Group in 2008. In 2010, several prominent European gas and automotive industry stakeholders joined the project, expanding this event internationally.

Over the years, the Blue Corridor project has seen over 150 factory built CNG and LNG vehicles drive 34,000 kilometers across 22 European countries from Yekaterinburg to Brussels and from Helsinki to Sochi at a third of the gasoline budget and with ultralow Euro standard emissions.

The rally has traditionally been coordinated by Gazprom Export LLC and Uniper SE (former part of E.ON).