Gasum opens its sixth gas filling station in Östersund on 14th of November. The new station, now Sweden’s most northern, serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars by offering environmentally friendly fuel solutions: biogas and natural gas. 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 of compressed gas various vehicle segments in the region. Gasum plans to grow the Nordic gas filling station network to 50 stations by the early 2020s.
The first gas filling station for long haul transportation in Norrland is now open in Östersund, and offers liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for Heavy Duty Vehicles. 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 gas, CNG.
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% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions from road transport. According to new emission standards passed by the EU earlier this year, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30% by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
Gas offers low-emission fuel solutions for heavy and light-duty transport
To reach the national and international emission reduction targets, heavy-duty transport emissions need to be reduced rapidly. LNG offers a competitive fuel solution for reducing emissions immediately as its lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions are more than 20% 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%, compared to fossil fuels. Gas vehicle offering in heavy duty vehicles is also increasing in compressed gas segment. the same gas molecule can be efficiently use in different vehicles…
“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 solution in different vehicle segments. This station is a good example how the same infrastructure can serve different vehicle segments in regional transport.” says Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum.
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 Karlstad.