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Gasum opens Swedish liquefied gas HDV station with LBG from Stora Enso Nymölla

Finland-headed gas and energy major Gasum Oy has opened its eighth and most southerly liquefied gas heavy-duty vehicle filling station in Sweden. The new station in Kristianstad is also the first Gasum station in the region of Skåne and offers both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biomethane (LBG), the latter which will be supplied from Gasum's new facility at Stora Enso's Nymölla pulp and paper mill.

Gasum has opened its eighth liquefied gas filling station for heavy-duty vehicles (HDV’s)
in Sweden. The station in Kristianstad is the first in the Skåne region and will soon be able
to provide locally produced liquefied biomethane (LBG) from the Stora Enso Nymölla
biogas and liquefaction facility that Gasum will commission in 2020 (photo courtesy Gasum).

Gasum is determinedly working to make low-emission fuel options available for more and more logistics companies in the Nordics. The new filling station is part of Gasum’s ambitious plan to build a network of 50 new gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) in the Nordics by the early 2020s.

With the opening of Kristianstad’s gas filling station, we are strengthening the gas filling station infrastructure in southern Sweden. Expanding the gas filling station network along the main highways in Sweden enables more Swedish logistics companies to lower emissions and switch to LNG and LBG. It’s also great to see that awareness of low-emission fuel alternatives is increasing, thus becoming more popular among logistics companies, explained Mikael Antonsson, Director, Traffic, Gasum Sweden.

The news about Kristianstad’s gas filling station has increased the interest in gas in the Skåne region. Åhus-based Green L Equipment AB is aiming to get the company’s first gas truck as soon as possible.

I have been following the development of gas trucks for about a year now. When I heard the news about a new biogas plant and a filling station in the area, I knew I wanted to add a gas truck in my fleet. I have sent an application to Klimatklivet (Climate Step Programme) and now I’m waiting to see how much they will support our gas truck investment. The fact that gas as fuel is environmentally friendly is important to Green L Equipment, as we aim to be carbon neutral in the future. This will also support our customers’ work to lower their emissions. For example, our customer HKScan is aiming to have 100 percent fossil-free transport before 2025 commented Mårten Andersson, Managing Director of Green L Equipment.

With the use of LNG, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by approximately 20 percent compared to traditional fuels. With LBG, the reductions in emissions are as much as 85 percent.

LBG from Stora Enso Nymölla mill in 2020

In addition to expanding the gas filling station network, Gasum focusing on biogas capacity increase. Gasum is building a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla pulp and paper mill. This is a good example of utilizing local feedstock in renewable fuel production.

In 2018, Gasum announced plans to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla pulp and paper mill. To be operated by Gasum, the plant will turn the mill’s wastewater into renewable liquefied biomethane (LBG). As a result, the resource efficiency of the Nymölla mill will increase simultaneously as its climate footprint will decrease.

Aerial photo of Stora Enso's Nymölla Mill (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

Located in southern Sweden, Stora Enso’s Nymölla Mill has an annual production capacity of 340 000 tonnes pulp and 485 000 tonnes woodfree uncoated (WFU) paper for office and postal use. Stora Enso’s well-known office paper brand Multicopy is produced in Nymölla (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

The produced biogas will be upgraded to biomethane and liquefied for use in road traffic, marine and industry segments. The plant is expected to start operating during the second half of 2020 and LBG made from the paper mill’s wastewater will also be available at Kristianstad’s filling station.

The circular economy cooperation with Stora Enso’s pulp and paper mill in Nymölla is a great project and shows how local side streams can be utilized efficiently in an industrial level production of renewable fuel. In addition, this will increase the capacity of Swedish biogas production, said Erik Woode, Business Development Manager Industry and Public Transport, Gasum.

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