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Gasum opens a new filling station in northern Sweden

Gasum opens a new filling station in northern Sweden
Gasum Oy continues the expansion of its Nordic liquefied gas filling station network with the opening of a new filling station in Luleå, northern Sweden (photo courtesy Gasum).

Finland-headed gas and energy company Gasum Oy continues the expansion of its Nordic liquefied gas filling station network with the opening of a new filling station in Luleå, northern Sweden.

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The newly opened station in Luleå enables Gasum to meet growing customer demand for environmentally friendly biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG), even in the northernmost parts of Sweden.

Since it has full control and ownership over the whole value chain, Gasum can extend the corridor of stations by another 250 km bringing a total of 23 liquefied gas filling stations across Sweden and more than 50 across the Nordics.

This new station is very special to us because it shows Gasum’s capability to equip Sweden with gas filling stations from head to foot, from Luleå in the north to Malmö in the south. This is particularly important logistically in northern Sweden, said Sharareh Edström, Head of Business Sweden, Traffic at Gasum.

Example of partnership

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

Some of these filling stations are operated by Gasum’s partners, and the new Luleå station is a result of cooperation between haulage company Sandahls Logistik and Gasum, enabling both compressed and liquefied gas to transport companies operating locally in the northernmost part of Sweden.

Sandahls Logistik is a family-owned logistics company with an ambitious sustainability goal of being fossil-free by 2025.

To reach this goal, the company will phase out fossil-fueled transport and predominantly invest in natural gas vehicles (NGVs) powered by biomethane for heavy-duty vehicles (HGVs).

The filling station in Luleå is Gasum’s second station built in conjunction with Sandahls Logistik’s terminals.

The first filling station was recently opened in Vårgårda, in western Sweden.

Extends Gasum’s network in northern Sweden

As the filling station infrastructure expands into new regions, there will be a growing number of gas-powered vehicles on Swedish roads.

Several companies have already signaled that an expansion of the gas filling station network allows for completely new possibilities, such as switching over to lower emissions transports in northern Sweden.

In addition, the new station means that some logistics companies have already redirected some of their traffic from other parts of Sweden to Luleå.

By strengthening our filling station capacity in the Norrbotten region, we are helping growing numbers of logistics operators to reach their emission ambitions by allowing them to switch to cleaner and more cost-effective fuels. From day one of the new station’s operation, companies have placed trucks in the region to test the Gasum-built corridor, which exemplifies the magnitude of what we have been able to create for emission reductions in Sweden, said Sharareh Edström said.

Help Sweden reach its climate goals

Sweden’s national target is to reduce emissions by at least 70 percent by 2030 compared to 2010, and Gasum, together with partners that are willing to invest in stations and trucks, is committed to helping Sweden reach this goal.

The use of renewable and cost-effective biomethane 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 long-distance transport since around 70 percent of heavy-duty vehicle emissions originate from this sector. We’re pleased with the investment contribution from the environment initiative Klimatklivet, as it will enable us to build the infrastructure that will contribute to dramatically reducing emissions where needed, in long-distance transports in Sweden, ended Sharareh Edström.

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