Gasum has opened Sweden’s northernmost gas filling station in Östersund. The station, opened on 14 November, serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars, offering biogas and natural gas as greener fuel solutions.
According to the company, the new station is a ‘crucial step’ in enabling long-distance transport to use gas from the south of Sweden to the north. Gasum plans to grow the Nordic gas filling station network to 50 stations by the early 2020s.
The station in Östersund offers liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) for HDVs. The station also serves passenger cars, delivery vehicles and buses with compressed natural gas (CNG). Heavy-duty transport plays an important role in the Nordic logistics system, however, emissions are an increasing concern.
According to Gasum, heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30% of Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport. New emission standards passed by the EU earlier this year dictate that GHG emissions from HDVs must be reduced by 30% by 2030. In Sweden, the goal is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030. “There is a growing demand among logistic buyers and transport companies for environmental and cost-efficient fuel solutions.” said Mikael Antonsson, director of Traffic Sweden at Gasum. “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 solutions in different vehicle segments.
“This station is a good example of how the same infrastructure can serve different segments in regional transport.”