KAMAZ TO SUPPLY GAZPROM WITH 500 BUSES FOR SHIFT PERSONNEL
20 October 2022
A working meeting between Sergey Kogogin, General Director of KAMAZ, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, took place today.
The parties discussed issues pertaining to their cooperation. In particular, the meeting addressed the creation of new models of motor vehicles for the needs of Gazprom. Besides, Sergey Kogogin and Alexey Miller signed the Agreement of Cooperation for the supply of a new range of all-wheel drive models by KAMAZ to Gazprom. According to the document, in 2023–2025, KAMAZ will produce and in a stepwise manner deliver to Gazprom's subsidiaries 420 buses for shift personnel of the KAMAZ-6250 model and 80 mobile workshop trucks of the KAMAZ-62501 model. Most vehicles will be natural gas-powered and adapted for operation in the Far North.
It was highlighted that a prototype of a new bus for shift personnel, namely, an all-wheel drive KAMAZ-6250 custom-made by KAMAZ for Gazprom was presented at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2022. Among the distinctive features of the prototype is its cryogenic fuel system that runs on liquefied natural gas (methane). If needed, the vehicle can be equipped with a fuel system that runs on compressed natural gas or diesel fuel. It is planned that KAMAZ will use this model to develop a KAMAZ-62501 mobile workshop truck for the needs of Gazprom.
KAMAZ PTC and PJSC Gazprom have been fruitfully cooperating for many years in the development of the gas motor fuel market in Russia. In particular, when identifying promising sales markets, KAMAZ is guided by Gazprom's plans to expand the network of CNG filling compressor stations. Gazprom is actively purchasing gas-powered vehicles from KAMAZ to upgrade its own fleet: 3.6 thousand units were purchased in 2014-2021.
In March 2022, two agreements of cooperation were signed between Gazprom and KAMAZ. The documents envisage the creation of new vehicle models, including natural gas-powered ones, and their managed maintenance.