The network of gas-filling compressor stations in St. Petersburg in 2019 will increase. In addition to the six existing gas stations, three more will be added – on Fuchik Street, Kazan Road in Pushkin and a gas station in the village of Petro-Slavyanka.
The government agreed to develop a network of such stations with PJSC Gazprom in October at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. Business costs are partially offset by the federal budget. So, the costs of the three stations launched in 2019 will be reimbursed by the reserve fund of the Government of the Russian Federation, which will allocate a transfer of 120 million rubles.
Now there are 163 gas-powered buses, 14 units of cleaning equipment, 7 units of special freight vehicles operated. By 2023, the number of units using natural gas will increase to 400. It is estimated that by 2023, the total consumption of natural gas in transport will increase to 48.4 million cubic meters per year. 1,600 cars and 450 trucks, as well as 100 buses, will be converted to natural fuel.
Today, a constraining factor in the development of the gas engine market in St. Petersburg is an underdeveloped infrastructure. Attracting federal co-financing will increase the investment attractiveness of projects, which means it will attract more private investment in the industry.