Gazpromtrans and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo signed a cooperation agreement to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for locomotives for the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railway line and for the purposes of power generation at rail infrastructure facilities.
The companies plan to create a small-scale LNG production complex near the Obskaya rail station and to set up platforms for mobile compressed natural gas stations (CNG), along with servicing points for locomotives of Gazpromtrans at the Obskaya, Razyezd 15 and Karskaya stations.
Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo is a special-purpose company established for ensuring the continuous development of the natural gas vehicles market.
Gazpromtrans provides freight forwarding services to the Gazprom Group and serves as the operator of the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo rail owned by the company.
The Obskaya – Bovanenkovo line is vital to the implementation of Gazprom’s Yamal project. The line ensures year-round, fast, cost-effective and all-weather delivery of technical equipment, construction materials and personnel to Yamal fields in the harsh Arctic climate. The rail stretches for 572 kilometers from the Obskaya station to the Karskaya station (525 km to the Bovanenkovo station). It includes 5 stations, 12 passing loops, and 70 bridges with a total length of more than 12 km. The entire line was opened for traffic in 2011.