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Gasum begins liquefied biogas test deliveries for the Finnish Coast Guard

Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy has announced that it has begun test deliveries of liquefied biogas (LBG) aka bioLNG for the Finnish Coast Guard. The deliveries from Gasum’s plant in Risavika, Norway, and the biogas plant in Turku, Finland to Helsinki will test logistics and practicalities on board and demonstrate LBG as a fossil-free and 100 percent renewable fuel suited to the needs of the maritime industry.

Gasum Oy has begun test deliveries of liquefied biogas (LBG) aka bioLNG for the Finnish Coast Guard. The deliveries from Gasum’s plant in Risavika, Norway, and in Turku, Finland will test logistics and practicalities on board and demonstrate LBG as a fossil-free and 100% renewable fuel suited to the needs of the maritime industry (photo courtesy Gasum).

Through the test deliveries, Gasum and the Border Guard will ensure high-performing logistics and practicalities for maritime fuel deliveries. On April 1, 2021, Gasum delivered domestically produced LBG from the Turku biogas plant to Helsinki.

The next delivery will take place in the coming weeks with LBG imported from Risavika, in Norway, to Helsinki via Gasum’s terminal in Pori.

We are happy to be forerunners in environmentally friendly shipping practices. Through these test deliveries, we will expect to gain more experience in using biogas and to support further our efforts to reach the carbon neutrality goals Finland has set for 2035, said Commander Marko Aheristo, Head of Ship Technical Unit at the Finnish Coast Guard.

According to the current government program, Finland will be carbon-neutral by 2035. This means significant emission cuts are required in the transport sector on land and sea.

By choosing biogas, Gasum says that it is possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 90 percent, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. LBG is also interchangeable with liquefied natural gas (LNG) which means that the two gases can be mixed and used in the same vessels.

Gasum has supported the Finnish Border Guard’s LNG-fueled offshore patrol vessel Turva since the beginning of her operations, and now we are very happy to continue this journey with LBG-deliveries. Using biogas alongside LNG in marine transport is a new step forward in decarbonizing the shipping industry and we are looking forward to completing more successful trials with biogas in the near future, said Jacob Granqvist, VP Maritime at Gasum.

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