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The meeting on this topic was chaired by three Deputy Prime Ministers – Yuri Borisov, Andrey Belousov and Alexander Novak.

The meeting was also attended by the leadership of the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Finance, as well as Gazprom PJSC, Novatek PJSC, KamAZ PJSC and GAZ Group.

The participants of the meeting discussed financial measures of state support for the development of the gas engine market.

At the beginning of the meeting, Yuri Borisov recalled that in December 2021, a meeting was held in Naberezhnye Chelny, at which key issues for the development of the gas engine market were discussed. As a result of the meeting, a number of instructions were given to the federal executive authorities, including to increase the limits of budget financing for the provision of subsidies for the conversion of equipment to gas engine fuel, to stimulate demand for gas engine equipment. It was also instructed to expand the list of constituent entities of the Russian Federation receiving subsidies from the federal budget for the construction of gas filling infrastructure with compressed natural gas. According to Yuri Borisov, it is necessary to increase measures to support the demand for gas-powered wheeled vehicles on the part of the state.

“Today, transport, primarily automobile transport, is at the stage of a global transition to alternative energy sources: natural gas, electricity, hydrogen. If we talk about the transition from gasoline and diesel, gas motor fuel is an extremely promising option due to a combination of factors. Two of them are environmental friendliness and large gas reserves that our country has. At the same time, our country supports the trend of green energy transition and reduction of emissions into the atmosphere. The development of the gas engine market is one of the steps in this direction. Therefore, the gas engine market in Russia has great prospects,” said Yuri Borisov.

At the same time, he noted that success in implementing plans to switch to gas motor fuel depends on the coordinated actions of all participants in this large-scale and complex work: “On the one hand, the producers of gas motor fuel, and here I mean our main gas production and processing companies (“ Gazprom, Rosneft, Novatek, Lukoil, etc.). It is also the construction of gas filling infrastructure and covering the maximum number of regions of our country with a network of filling stations – not 28 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as today, but all regions of Russia. Another part of the responsibility for success lies with car manufacturers and, of course, with Russian enterprises that produce gas engines and cylinders.”

During the meeting, Alexander Novak noted that the popularity of gas motor fuel among the consumer is constantly growing: if in 2014 the volume of consumption did not exceed 400 million cubic meters. m of gas, today it reaches 1.4 billion cubic meters. m of gas consumed as fuel. “In addition, there is a steady request from the regions to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere, which is facilitated by the transition to gas. The issue of supporting the industry has been systematically approached since 2018, when the Russian Ministry of Energy developed a comprehensive subprogram “Development of the gas motor fuel market”. Every year, up to 15,000 car owners switch to gas due to existing subsidies of 700 million rubles. But since then, a number of changes have come to the program – now it is necessary to update the composition of the regions participating in it, since not everyone uses subsidies to the full and develop their market, as well as increase the volume of its financing. It is also worth considering the possibility of stimulating the purchase of vehicles not on CNG, but on LNG, in order to build mini-LNG plants and load gas filling stations on the main highways,” the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.

The participants of the meeting agreed on the need for more active involvement in the process of municipalities, which, forming the demand for transport during purchases, should give priority to gas-powered vehicles – and large road carriers.

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