Gasum opens Sweden's most northerly gas refuelling station
Finland-headed gas and energy major Gasum Oy has opened its sixth and most northerly gas refuelling station in Sweden. The new station has been opened in the city of Östersund, County of Jämtland and serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars. Gasum plans to grow the Nordic gas filling station network to 50 stations by the early 2020s.
The new station, now Sweden’s most northern, serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars by offering compressed- and liquefied biogas and natural gas fuels. The new station is a crucial step in enabling long-distance transport to use gas from the south of Sweden to the north as well as answering to demand for compressed gas various vehicle segments in the region.
It is the first gas filling station for long haul transportation in Norrland and offers liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for HDVs. By expanding the filling station network in Sweden, Gasum is enabling gas-fuelled long-distance transport from the southern regions of the country to the north. In addition to HDVs, the station also serves passenger cars, delivery vehicles and buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) and compressed biogas (CBG).
Low-emission fuel solutions for heavy and light-duty transport
Heavy-duty transport plays a key role in the Nordic logistics system. However, as transport volumes are growing, so are the emissions produced by the sector. Heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30 percent of Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport.
According to new emission standards passed by the EU earlier this year, GHG emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70 percent by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
To reach the national and international emission reduction targets, heavy-duty transport emissions need to be reduced rapidly. According to Gasum, LNG offers a competitive fuel solution for reducing emissions immediately as its lifecycle GHG emissions are more than 20 percent lower than those of fossil diesel. LNG also plays an important role as an enabler in the transition to renewable fuels.
The same gas infrastructure that was built for LNG can also be used for LBG, making the shift to LBG easy and cost-efficient. With LBG, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 85 percent, compared to fossil fuels. Gas vehicle offering in HDVs is also increasing in the compressed gas segment, the same gas molecule can be efficiently used in different vehicles.
At the moment, Gasum is investing in expanding its gas filling station network in the Nordics. By the early 2020s, the company is aiming to create a network of 50 new HDV gas filling stations in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. In addition to the new station in Östersund, the stations that are already operational in Sweden can be found in Västerås, Norrköping, Örebro, Jönköping, and just earlier this week Karlstad was opened.
There is a growing demand among logistic buyers and transport companies for environmental and cost-efficient fuel solutions. Liquefied gas meets these requirements. The opening of Östersund’s filling station and the development of several other upcoming stations in southern Sweden means that, soon, HDVs will be able to drive across Sweden with low-emission fuel. In addition, as there is already a significant number of CNG vehicles in the region and high demand for low emission solutions in different vehicle segments. This station is a good example of how the same infrastructure can serve different vehicle segments in regional transport, said Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum.