The Swiss Gas Industry Association (erdgas.ch) has reported the number of natural gas vehicles in Switzerland rose to 10,300 in 2011 (up from 9,600 in 2010 according to NGV Global 2010 statistics).
The gas station network in Switzerland now includes 132 stations. Also recorded was an increased sales of natural gas and biogas as fuel – the equivalent of approximately 22.5 million gallons of gasoline, of which biogas (biomethane) amounted to a 21% share.
Across the nation natural gas/biogas at refuelling stations is about 30 percent cheaper than gasoline.
Most of Switzerland’s natural gas comes from Western Europe. The imported natural gas is delivered to approximately two thirds of EU countries and Norway. Almost a quarter comes from development areas in Russia and the rest from various other regions. About half of Switzerland’s supply is purchased under long-term supply agreements with major suppliers in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy. These also operate large underground storage facilities. The rest is sourced from contracts with short to very short maturities. There are no contracts with Russian suppliers.
Swissgas is the main importer. Together with German and Austrian partners it is active in the Norwegian natural gas production.