Government support for developing infrastructure will stimulate switching to natural-gas-based motor fuel
A decision was made to increase the subsidies for natural-gas vehicles three times, though we do not have natural gas fuelling stations. We basically do not have natural gas. We need to build natural gas plants and fuelling stations, while the subsidies are already up. We need to even out subsidies for natural gas and methane. <…> We need to allocate about RUB 10 billion of subsidies for car manufacturers that produce vehicles running on natural-gas-based fuel. Reequipment will take up to RUB 1.5 billion instead of RUB 700 million — Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gazprom.
Allocating RUB 3.3 billion for preferential subsidies for credit organizations is nothing for a market of this kind. This amount should be tripled. We need RUB 10 billion to stimulate consumer demand for natural-gas transport — Yury Borisov, Director General, State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS.
Reequipment of existing machinery to switch to natural-gas-based fuel makes no sense, as in municipalities the rate of rundown is nearing 100%. When we say we need a government programme, we need to supply natural-gas transport at the cost of the federal budget, while regions need to be assigned with creating an infrastructure and services — Andrey Bocharov, Governor of Volgograd Region.
We have the technical conditions for producing this type of equipment. We need to boost the demand, because small businesses and companies are not prepared for that in the times of uncertainty. Our task is to stimulate the demand. We will hope that the first RUB 3.3 billion of government support will help us boost the demand and take the number of natural-gas vehicles up — Albert Karimov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
There is not enough support or balance. Support measures must ensure that the infrastructure is utilized at 60% capacity minimum. It will make its creation and selling gas as motor fuel profitable and cost-effective — Pavel Zavalny, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Energy; President, Russian Gas Society.