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Gasum opens new LNG filling station in Sweden

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The Nordic gas infrastructure expands in Sweden as Gasum opens a new gas filling station in Tuve, Gothenburg. The new station serves heavy-duty vehicles by providing LNG and liquefied biogas (LBG) as low-emission fuels. Developed in co-operation with Volvo, the station further enables the transition to cleaner energy sources in the road transport sector.

Energy company Gasum opens a new gas filling station in Tuve, Gothenburg. The new station is located at a major heavy transport hub near the Volvo truck plant and close to the Port of Gothenburg. Inauguration of the new station was held online on 3 September, with Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of AB Volvo, and Johanna Lamminen, CEO, Gasum, as speakers.

“Land logistics has an important role when reducing emissions. Gas is recognised as a low-emission and cost-effective fuel solution in the transport sector, and our aim is to quickly make it available to the Nordic market. The Nordic gas ecosystem is developing rapidly. We are investing in the gas filling station network as well as in the entire gas value chain and biogas production. These all are needed in order to secure a reliable supply and availability of gas to meet market demand,” says Johanna Lamminen, CEO, Gasum.

Gas is rapidly becoming a preferred fuel in the transport sector globally. LNG ships are becoming first choice in the maritime sector and several countries incentivise the conversion from diesel to gas in the road transport sector. This is why the demand for a comprehensive filling station network is growing steadily. The station in Tuve is a part of Gasum’s Nordic gas filling station network and has been built in partnership with Volvo, which develops and manufactures LNG-trucks.

“Today, liquefied gas trucks are the most commercially viable alternative to ordinary diesel for heavy long-haul operations in Europe. With the growing gas network in the Nordic region, it's now possible for many of our customers to switch to more sustainable logistics solutions with our liquefied gas trucks. In our own business operation, we can transport Volvo truck cabs from Umeå to Tuve in a sustainable logistics chain, where biogas is an important component,” explains Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO AB Volvo.

Located near the Port of Gothenburg, the filling station creates further opportunities for heavy-duty transport to switch to cleaner energy. Today, there are already more than 170 LNG trucks in use in Sweden and the number is rapidly increasing along with the gas filling station network and different incentives for low emission solutions.

“We are pleased to work in partnership with an industry leader such as Volvo Trucks while developing the new Tuve station. The new station is located close to the largest port in the Nordics and a lot of import and export traffic transits through the Port of Gothenburg every day. Now we are able to offer logistics companies operating in the port an easy way to lower their emissions,” says Mikael Antonsson, Director, Traffic, Gasum Sweden.

Climate targets driving demand for low-emission fuels

The transition to cleaner energy is accelerating as Sweden actively works towards national and EU climate goals. Under new EU regulation, average CO2 emissions from new HDVs must be 15% lower in 2025 than in 2019. Looking forward, in 2030, emissions must be at least 30% lower, thereby making LNG and LBG highly attractive fuel choices for logistics companies.

“Using cleaner fuel solutions is an important factor in Sandahls’ environmental strategy work. New gas filling stations are vital since they enable us to reduce our emissions and meet our customers’ requirements for low-emission logistic chains. I’m glad that we’re able to use LBG-fuelled trucks,” explains Johan Ebefors, CEO at Sandahls Goods and Parcel.

Switching to gas is a competitive solution for immediate reduction of green-house gas emissions. With the use of LNG, CO2 emissions can be reduced by approximately 20% compared to traditional diesel, and with LBG the reduction is as much as 90%.

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