Gasum opens new liquefied biogas filling station
The new filling station in Tuve, Gothenburg, Sweden, serves heavy-duty vehicles by providing liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as low emission fuels. Developed with Volvo, the station further supports the transition to cleaner energy sources in the road transport sector.
The station, which was inaugurated on 3 September, is located at a major heavy transport hub near the Volvo truck plant and the Port of Gothenburg.
“Land logistics has an important role when reducing emissions,” said Gasum’s CEO Johanna Lamminen. “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 are all needed to secure a reliable supply and availability of gas to meet market demand.”
Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of AB Volvo, commented: “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 business operation, we can transport Volvo truck cabs from Umeå to Tuve in a sustainable logistics chain, where biogas is an important component.”
According to Gasum, there are already more than 170 LNG trucks in use in Sweden, and the number is increasing along with the gas filling station network.
The transition to cleaner energy is accelerating in Sweden, as the country works towards national and EU climate goals. Under new EU regulation, average carbon dioxide emissions from new HDVs must be 15% lower in 2025 than in 2019.
In 2030, emissions must be at least 30% lower, making LNG and LBG “highly attractive” fuel choices for logistics firms, said Gasum. When using LBG instead of traditional diesel, emissions reductions can reach 90%.