Gasum opens third LNG/LBG refueling station in Sweden
Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its third gas refueling station in Sweden. The new station offers liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) in Örebro, where Gasum also has a biogas plant.
In 2019, the goal is to expand Gasum’s filling station network for heavy-duty vehicles to 20 stations, with 12 of the stations located in Sweden, enabling the further development of the Nordic gas infrastructure, while accelerating the transition to cleaner energy.
Strong customer demand
According to Gasum, heavy road transport is increasing and currently represents around 30 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the EU road transport sector. As the fight against climate change intensifies, the demand for cleaner energy is increasing.
Replacing traditional fuels with alternative low-emission fuel options is quickly becoming the norm throughout the road transport sector, as well as in other industries. It is now possible to refuel LNG or LBG, both of which help to reduce CO2 and particulate emissions and have a positive impact on local air quality compared to diesel in the new gas filling station in Örebro.
Customer demand for cleaner fuels for HDVs (heavy-duty vehicles) is increasing rapidly, which is why we at Gasum, together with our partners, are focusing on developing the gas infrastructure and filling station network across the Nordics. For logistics companies, LNG and LBG are a necessity in the transition to a carbon neutral future. At the same time, they enable significant savings in fuel costs, said Mikael Antonsson, Director, Traffic, Gasum Sweden.
According to recent legislation set by the EU, the average CO2 emissions of new HDVs need to be 15 percent lower by 2025 in comparison to 2019, and at least 30 percent lower by 2030.
Furthermore, Sweden has set a national target to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 percent by 2030. With the use of LNG, CO2 emissions can be reduced by approximately 20 percent compared to traditional fuels, and with LBG the reduction is as much as 85 percent.
Invest in biogas liquefaction
At Örebro, there is also a Gasum biogas plant, that through its adherence to circular economy principles, produces renewable energy and manufactures ecological biofertilizer from biodegradable feedstocks, mainly originating from the local agricultural sector. Gasum is planning to invest in developing the existing biogas plant in Örebro into liquefaction of the biogas to increase production capacity.
The expansion of the Örebro biogas plant is a significant step for Gasum to fulfill the expected increase in local production of LBG to serve the demand in the HDV sector. Locally produced LBG with high climate efficiency will soon be made available, said Markus Olsson, Commercial Manager, Circular Economy, Gasum AB.
Gasum has set an ambitious target of expanding the Nordic liquefied gas filling station network to a total of 50 stations by the early 2020s. In addition to the seven heavy-duty vehicle gas filling stations in Finland, Gasum already has stations open for heavy-duty vehicles in Sweden, in Västerås, Norrköping and now Örebro.
Gasum is targeting a market entry in Norway and the development of its filling station network based on market demand. Altogether, the company currently has around 40 gas filling stations catering to different vehicle sectors throughout Sweden and Finland.