SPIGF 2019 highlights Panel discussion «Gas and Transport» – St. Petersburg International Gas Forum
21 September 2019
SPIGF 2019 highlights Panel discussion «Gas and Transport»

On 4 october, representatives of international organisations and associations will discuss topical issues of development of the gas engine fuel market.

Natural gas as an engine fuel has undeniable advantages over its main competitors – liquid hydrocarbon fuel and electricity. With the same mileage, natural gas provides a more energy efficient operation of the vehicle and significantly lower emissions of toxic substances and greenhouse gases.

Modern technologies have provided a very good mileage between gas stations, and the number of gas stations in many countries has ceased to be a problem for the owners of gas-powered vehicles. Terminals for bunkering marine vessels with liquefied natural gas are becoming commonplace in port areas.

What prevents natural gas from becoming the main type of engine fuel? What is a general trend in the development of the NGV market in the areas of cars, trucks, buses, rail and water transport, agricultural and quarry equipment? What are the best practices for the state control of the NGV market? How can we increase the appeal of gas engines for the end user?

Experts from international organisations and business representatives are going to answer these and other questions as part of the panel discussion “Gas and Transport”.


The event will consist of two thematic sessions:

  1. Natural gas for environmentally friendly transport: strengthening the position of gas engine fuels in the world, when the participants and guests of the event will discuss the general development trends of the gas engine industry in the world.


  1. Incentives and barriers to the widespread use of natural gas in transport, which will focus on the practical issues of using natural gas as an engine fuel.


Welcome speech:

  • Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Director, Gazprom;
  • Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, CEO of Gazprom Export LLC;
  • Sergey Kupriyanov, Head of Department, Press Secretary to Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.


  • Menelaos Ydreos, Executive Public Affairs Director, International Gas Union.



Session "Natural Gas for Environmentally Friendly Transport: Strengthening the Position of the Gas Engine Fuel in the World"

Panel members:

  • Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation;
  • Dmitry Khandoga, Deputy Head of Department, Gazprom;
  • Alexander Medvedev, Chairman of the Management Board, International Business Congress; member of the Board of Directors, Nord Stream 2 AG; Advisor to the CEO, Gazprom Export;
  • Vladimir Chagin, Russian race car driver, Head of the KAMAZ-Master Racing Team, seven-time winner of the Dakar Rally in the truck class, International Master of Sports;
  • Mariarosa Baroni, President, NGV Italy;
  • Andrea Jerini, Secretary General, European Natural Gas Vehicles Association (NGVA Europe);
  • Jean-Claude Giraud, President, French Natural Gas Vehicles Association (AFGNV).



Session "Incentives and Barriers to the Widespread Use of Natural Gas in Transport"

  • Oleg Melekhin, CEO, Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel LLC;
  • Alexei Medvedev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker LLC;
  • Dmitriy Rusanov, Head of the Management and Development Division of the Liquefied Natural Gas Fleet, Sovcomflot PJSC;
  • Alexey Fedotov, Business Development Director, Yandex.Taxi LLC;
  • René Bautz, Chairman of the Global Gas Center, CEO of Gaznat SA;
  • Renaud Paubelle, Director of Developments, Port of Marseille Fos.

Session Experts:

  • Alexander Ishkov, Deputy Head of Department, Head of
    Gazprom Directorate;
  • Vasily Zinin, Head of Division, Gazprom; Executive Director of the National Gas-Engine Association (Russia);
  • Kostas Andriosopoulos, Professor of Finance and Economics, ESCP Europe Business School;
  • Thierry Bros, Vice President for Research, Tellurian Inc.;
  • Timm Kehler, Chairman, Future Natural Gas Association (Zukunft ERDGAS e.V.);
  • Jean-Marc Leroy, Senior Executive Vice President, External Relations, ENGIE;
  • James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas, the Association of Natural Gas Industries;
  • Andrew Walker, Vice President for Strategy, Cheniere Energy, Inc.;
  • Ashutosh Shastri, Director, Enestrat Consulting.


The list of panel members and experts is subject to change.

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