MOSCOW, August 24 (Itar-Tass) —— The Belarusian government and Gazprom have signed a statement of intent to broaden cooperation in using natural gas as motor fuel, the Russian gas monopoly entity reported in comment on a meeting of Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko.
The meeting centered on Russia-Belarus gas cooperation, development of gas pipelines and underground storage facilities in Belarus, and Beltransgaz’s integration into the Gazprom Group. The sides also considered various formulas of Russian gas transit through Belarus.
Gazprom aims to broaden the use of natural gas as motor fuel, which is important for the society and creates a number of environmental and economic advantages.
Miller and Semashko said that Belarus had good prospects for the intensive development of the gas fuel market. The shift to natural gas as motor fuel will save money of Belarusian automobile owners and producers, because natural gas costs much less than gasoline and diesel fuel. Belarus has about 5,000 vehicles running on gas. Beltrangaz operates a network of 26 stations offering gas as motor fuel. A total of 16.6 million cubic meters of gas was sold at the stations last year.