Gasum has officially unveiled its latest gas filling station in Keminmaa, Finland. This newly established station represents a significant milestone as it not only marks the debut of a gas filling station in Finnish Lapland but also stands as Gasum's second northernmost station in its network. Furthermore, it proudly claims the title of being Europe's northernmost liquefied biogas (LBG) filling station.
The Keminmaa station plays a pivotal role in serving both heavy-duty transport and passenger vehicles due to its unique capability to facilitate refueling with both liquefied and compressed biogas. Juho Kurra, Head of Business, Traffic Finland at Gasum, highlighted the strategic location of the station, stating, “The station is well placed to serve traffic in Finland heading for Rovaniemi and Tornio and further on towards Sweden. Gasum aims to further improve the availability of biogas in Northern Finland in the near future – demand is constantly growing, and we've received many requests for new stations in Lapland. Hopefully, we'll soon be able to announce some new projects in the region.”
The introduction of the first gas filling station in Finnish Lapland has notably influenced the Pohjaset Group, a family-owned business with operations spanning logistics and recycling services across northern Finland and Northern Sweden. The proximity of the Keminmaa station has led the Pohjaset Group to acquire its first gas truck, which is set to join its vehicle fleet by early 2024. Petri Pohjanen, Logistics Services BU Manager, Pohjaset Group, expressed the impact of this development, saying, “The Keminmaa filling station means that we can use biogas and offer low-emission transportation to our customers since now that the station is open, we will be able to run on biogas throughout almost our entire operating area.”
Biogas emerges as a highly eco-friendly fuel alternative, with lifecycle emissions that are on average 90% lower compared to traditional fossil fuels. Currently, nearly 100% of the gas sold by Gasum serves as a transport fuel across various vehicle segments. Gasum has set ambitious sustainability goals, aiming to introduce 7 TWh of renewable gas to the market annually by 2027, which could potentially lead to annual savings of 1.8 million tons in carbon dioxide emissions for its customers.
It is worth noting that the Keminmaa gas filling station received funding from the EU's Connecting Europe Facility, further underlining the collaborative efforts to promote sustainable and environmentally conscious transportation solutions.