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Gasum opens the world’s northernmost RNG station

Gasum opens the world’s northernmost RNG station
In Rovaniemi, Finland, Gasum has officially opened what is said to be the world's most northernmost RNG filling station (photo courtesy Gasum).

In Rovaniemi, Finland, Nordic energy company Gasum Oy has officially opened what is said to be the world's most northernmost gas filling station. The new station will enable the transport company UKK-Express operating in Northern Finland to use biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) as fuel for two NGVs this year. The aim is to increase the number of gas powered vehicles going forward.

Gasum has two other gas filling stations far north in the Nordics, one in Keminmaa, Finland, and the other in Luleå, Sweden.

Dispensing both liquefied- and compressed gas, the new Rovaniemi refueling station serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars and is strategically located in the Teollisuuskylä industrial estate near the E75 motorway south of Rovaniemi city center.

The station in Rovaniemi is an important addition to the expansion of Gasum’s filling station network in Lapland. It is now possible to significantly reduce emissions from road transport in Northern Finland, too, with trucks operating on biogas instead of fossil fuels. Gasum’s goal is to enable the use of gas on all long-haul logistics routes in Finland and Sweden, said Juho Kurra, Head of Business, Traffic Finland, Gasum.

“The only realistic alternative that makes economic sense”

UKK-Express handles regional freight traffic between Lapland and Northern Finland, and domestic and European long-haul. The daily Helsinki–Rovaniemi long-haul route and distribution network to Northern Finland and Lapland form the core of the company’s transport services.

According to Jukka Uimaniemi, CEO of UKK Express, the Rovaniemi filling station will enable the use of gas vehicles in the company’s main distribution area for the first time.

UKK-Express will start tests with a biomethane-powered truck and trailer truck this year, but if all goes well, the aim is to increase the number of biomethane-powered vehicles next year.

We aim to significantly reduce emissions from our operations by 2030, and investing in gas-fueled vehicles has been in our plans for some time. As I see it, biomethane is currently the only realistic alternative that makes economic sense to significantly reduce logistics emissions in the Northern Finland region, said Jukka Uimaniemi.

Cost-effective emission reductions today

Logistics and transport companies are key to reducing Nordic road traffic emissions since they drive longer distances.

According to Gasum, biomethane is a cost-effective fuel to reduce road traffic emissions already today. The lifecycle emissions of biomethane are up to 90 percent lower on average than traditional fuels.

Gasum’s strategic goal is to bring 7 TWh of renewable gas yearly to the Nordic market by 2027.

This is four times more than present and would mean annual carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions totaling 1.8 million tonnes for Gasum’s customers.

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