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Gazprom’s aerospace technologies to be used for Europe – Western China transport route

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Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, and Sergey Kelbakh, Chairman of the Board of the Russian Highways State Company (Avtodor), signed a Cooperation Agreement today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017.

The parties agreed to cooperate on the use of aerospace technologies in developing the infrastructure of the Europe – Western China international transport route.

Specifically, the companies will look into the possibility of creating a single integrated road communication system using the Gazprom-owned SMOTR aerospace system for remote sensing of the Earth and Yamal satellite system. The integrated communication system is supposed to, inter alia, provide all users of the Europe – Western China auto route with high-quality telecommunications services, including Internet access, as well as to keep track of cargo movements and improve transportation safety.

Background

In May 2017, Gazprom, Avtodor, CNPC, and China Communications Construction Company Ltd. inked a Memorandum of Cooperation. The document is aimed at fostering cooperation between the companies in developing road infrastructure of the Europe – Western China international transport route and promoting the use of liquefied natural gas as a vehicle fuel along the said route.

 

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