World’s longest NGV rally powered by LNG takes off

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The opening ceremony of the Gas into Motors NGV rally took place today in Rudong (Jiangsu province, China). The route of the rally will traverse China, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

The race is sponsored by the three countries’ largest energy majors – CNPC, KazMunayGas, and Gazprom. The rally’s partners include Germany’s Uniper and the Silkway Rally Association for the Support and Development of Motor Sports, the organizer of the international rally.

The Gas into Motors race will primarily follow the route of the emerging international transit corridor entitled Europe – China. The rally will pass through the cities of Suqian, Zhengzhou, Xian, Dingxi, Wuwei, Jiayuguan, Hami, Turfan, Usu, and Khorgas (China); Almaty, Taraz, Turkestan, Kyzylorda, Aralsk, and Aktobe (Kazakhstan); Orenburg, Almetyevsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Torzhok, and St. Petersburg (Russia). At 9,881 kilometers, Gas into Motors will become the world’s longest rally for NGVs powered by LNG.

The rally will feature a total of 15 trucks, cars and buses fueled mostly by LNG, as well as mobile NGV refuelers. Refueling services will be provided by the companies taking part in the project: KunLun Energy Company Limited (part of CNPC) in China and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo in Kazakhstan and Russia.

In the course of the race, meetings will be held with government officials and members of the public, producers and suppliers of gas-powered machinery and equipment, and companies using and servicing gas-fueled vehicles.

The race will conclude on October 4 at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg.

The Gas into Motors rally is meant to showcase natural gas as a cost-effective, eco-friendly and safe vehicle fuel and to demonstrate the diversity, usability, excellent quality and dependability of gas-powered machinery.

The event will serve as a barometer for the use of LNG-fueled NGVs within a transcontinental motor corridor, contributing to the development of natural gas filing infrastructure along the Europe – China corridor and the harmonization of regulations on the use of refuelers and gas-powered machinery in the participating countries.

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