A brand new project for the application of natural gas has been launched by the GAZPROM group together with a number of foreign partners.
GAZPROM Germania together with the Polish bus manufacturer Solbus and local municipal transport companies are organizing a series of demo-runs of LNG-fuelled buses during April and May 2012. Two Solbus Solcity buses will be servicing regular lines in several cities, available for the use of the general public. The initial list of host cities for the demo-runs includes Torun, Gdynia, Olsztyn, Warsaw and Katowice.
This pilot project aims to demonstrate the cooperation potential in LNG for transport, a new field of activity for GAZPROM. The event embraces all interested parties: GAZPROM Germania provides LNG and refuelling through a mobile unit; Solbus offers state-of-the-art LNG-fuelled city buses; and the municipal transportation companies have the chance to appraise the advantages of natural gas as economically effective and ecologically friendly fuel. In sum, the project will help create the synergies allowing all parties to develop a model for future cooperation quickly and effectively.
Liquefied natural gas at temperatures of between -161 °C and -139 °C can be used as a motor fuel and is as environmentally friendly as the established CNG (compressed natural gas), which already today is one of the most promising alternative motor fuels, offering savings on ever increasing petrol and diesel prices and 25 % lower CO2 emissions.
In addition to producing natural gas, GAZPROM also works to promote the use of natural gas as an environmentally friendly energy source with diverse applications. Together with partners, GAZPROM runs projects to further establish the clean, efficient utilization of natural gas as a motor fuel. GAZPROM is also investing in refuelling infrastructure that allows CNG- and in the future also LNG-powered vehicles to be used throughout Europe.
About GAZPROM Germania
Berlin-based GAZPROM Germania GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s largest natural gas producer, GAZPROM. Since its establishment in 1990, the company has evolved into an internationally operating group. The group comprises almost 40 companies operating in more than 20 countries in Europe and Central Asia and is primarily active in the production, storage, and trading of natural gas. It currently has a total staff of over 780 employees, 210 of whom work at our Berlin office. Together with its strategic partners, GAZPROM Germania is making a contribution to securing a reliable and environmentally friendly energy supply in Europe.
Solbus is a family-owned bus manufacturer that successfully competes in Poland with the most renowned European bus producers. The company specializes in the development and production of modern, environmentally-friendly city buses powered by natural gas. Solbus’ portfolio comprises three major ranges – City, Intercity, and Tourist. Solbus uses components and parts delivered by the world’s leading suppliers including Cummins, Iveco, ZF, and Voith. All Solbus vehicles comply with the most stringent European safety and ecological standards. The Solbus bus factory in Solec Kujawski currently employs a staff of about 150 and features an 8,000 m2 production hall. Solbus cooperates with experienced design studios both in Poland and abroad on the design and development of new buses.
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