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Gasum to expand LNG filling station network into Sweden and Norway

Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy has announced that it will expand its LNG filling station network into Sweden and Norway during 2018 as part its "Nordic gas ecosystem vision" focusing on liquefied gas for heavy-duty vehicles. The upcoming stations will be positioned to strategically relevant locations, expanding the operating range of LNG powered trucks in the Nordic countries.

Gasum LNG truck refuelling station in Vuosaari, Finland (photo courtesy Gasum).

Switching fuels in this segment from diesel to either liquefied biogas (LBG) or natural gas (LNG) will have a significant impact in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), particles and noise emissions. The company believes that gas will “play a major role in the transition to a carbon neutral society” and LNG to be “the future fuel” for heavy transport.

During the last year, Gasum has expanded the LNG filling station network in Finland, where the company has opened stations in Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä, and a new station will be opened in Vantaa by the end of November.

Gasum is also involved in opening an LNG import terminal in Tornio, Finland, which widens the distribution of LNG to an even larger area. The network of LNG filling stations is growing fast all over Europe, which it says helps the market and the infrastructure to develop further.

Transport with a clean and economical fuel

The European Union (EU) and the Nordic countries have set a strong agenda for reducing the emissions from transport and according to Gasum, for this purpose, LNG offers a “wonderful” solution – a clean fuel that doesn’t release small particles. The NOx and CO2 are lower compared to other fossil fuels, and the noise emissions produced by LNG powered trucks is lower.

In addition, LBG enables the role of 100 percent renewable fuel to grow significantly in the heavy road transport segment. To achieve the ambitious climate goals in the transport sector, reducing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles is one of the key aspects. Several vehicle manufacturers such as Iveco, Scania and Volvo Trucks, among others, already offer modern LNG powered trucks.

We believe that the timing is right for the expansion as customer demand is rapidly increasing with the emission targets set by the countries. Traffic emissions play a major role in most companies’ value chains and consumers demand more sustainable products and services. LNG and LBG provide a great opportunity to answer to this demand. Several governmental support schemes are set to boost the availability and demand of LNG and LBG in the Nordics. Our current business setup in the Nordic countries enables Gasum to integrate our offering forward in the value chain, supplying LNG or LBG directly to the end customer, said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President Biogas at Gasum.

Interchangeable CH4 molecules

Biogas and natural gas consist of methane (CH4) gas. Once biogas is cleaned and upgraded to biomethane, they are totally interchangeable and can be blended as required. Gasum is currently the largest producer of biogas in Sweden and Finland and with a growing demand from the heavy-duty vehicles segment, Gasum sees a clear need to invest in further production and distribution capacity. Gasum is also a large distributor of LNG to the industrial and marine segments through its subsidiary Skangas.

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