Westport and Gazprom Sign Agreement for NGV Systems in Russia
Westport Innovations and Gazprom of Russia 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. At the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, the two parties signed a roadmap outlining their planned market development activities.
Gazprom has 200 existing CNG stations, with plans to invest in existing station upgrades and new station construction to meet a target of about 500 fueling stations by 2020. Thirty-one regions in Russia have been selected for investment projects promoting the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
“Gazprom is investing in initiatives to accelerate growth of the natural gas vehicle market in Russia due to strong demand for emissions compliance,” says 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.”