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Gasum opens 20th gas filling station in Sweden

Gasum opens 20th gas filling station in Sweden
Gasum Oy opens its twentieth gas filling station in Sweden, this time in Vårgårda, southwest Sweden in partnership with Sandahls Logistik AB and Volvo Trucks (photo courtesy Gasum).

Finland-headed gas and energy company Gasum Oy continues its expansion of a Nordic gas filling station network with the opening of its twentieth station in Sweden, this time in Vårgårda, southwest Sweden in partnership with Sandahls Logistik and Volvo Trucks.

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With the opening of the Vårgårda filling station, Gasum has 22 liquefied gas (LNG/bioLNG) stations across Sweden and a total of 50 across the Nordics, where some stations are operated by Gasum’s partners.

As the infrastructure expands, there will be more and more gas-powered vehicles on Swedish roads. Currently, there are an estimated 600 heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) that run on liquefied gas.

According to Gasum, biomethane – aka renewable natural gas (RNG) – compressed (bioCNG) or liquefied (bioLNG) is a circular fuel that drastically reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, by as much as 90 percent compared to fossil fuel alternatives.

We are pleased that the Swedish government continues to support the building of biogas plants and filling stations. The clear signal and priority given to gas in the transition to a fossil-free society are in line with Gasum’s goal of a cleaner tomorrow. Gasum is actively building new biogas plants and expanding the Swedish gas infrastructure will make it possible for more and more actors the length and breadth of the country to switch to environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative fuels, said Sharareh Edström, Director, Traffic Sweden at Gasum.

Partnership with Sandahls Logistik

Refueling bioLNG at Gasum’s LNG/bioLNG station in Västerås, the first such Gasum gas refueling station to open in Sweden.

The new station in Vårgårda in the Västra Götaland region is testimony to the extended cooperation between Gasum and freight and logistics company Sandahls Logistik, together with its sister companies Sandahls Vårgårda and Sandahls Fulload.

Sandahls Logistik aims to phase out fossil-fueled transports in its operations during 2025 and has chosen to invest in biomethane-powered vehicles for road transportation.

To be able to make the transition, the conditions must exist for a comprehensive network of filling stations.

The station in Vårgårda will enable the company to step up the pace of switching to gas vehicles in its fleet and so respond to increasing customer demand.

The Vårgårda station is the result of cooperation between purposeful parties who actively invest and thus advance their positions regarding emissions reductions in road transport. Gas is a cost-effective way to reduce emissions and a solution that is already available today. There is huge interest in using this new filling station and several companies have signaled that this venture gives them completely new possibilities to switch over to lower emissions transports, Sharareh Edström said.

Emissions reduction is the only way to reach climate goals in Sweden and the national goal is to reduce emissions by at least 70 percent by 2030.

According to Gasum, the use of RNG in transportation can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90 percent compared to fossil fuels during the lifecycle of the fuel.

To reach climate goals, we need to lower emissions in heavy-duty transport, especially in long-distance transport since around 70 percent of heavy-duty vehicle emissions originate in this sector. Biogas is the best solution of today’s technologies and is already available. We’re pleased with the investment contribution from the environment initiative Klimatklivet, which makes it possible for us to build the infrastructure that will contribute to dramatically reducing emissions in long-distance transports in Sweden, concluded Sharareh Edström.

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