Natural gas covers around 8% of Finland's energy consumption. In Finland natural gas is used in combined heat and power (CHP) production in particular. The role of natural gas is emphasized during the cold winter months when it can be used to provide capacity for peak consumption periods.
Natural gas covers around 8% of Finland's energy consumption. In addition to combined heat and power (CHP) production, various industrial processes constitute another major usage area for natural gas. Natural gas burns cleanly and does not require any storage capacity, which makes it an excellent choice for process and food industry use.
Natural gas is not a common fuel for home heating in Finland, unlike in countries such as the United Kingdom where natural gas is the number one household heating form. Residential use of natural gas is focused on Helsinki where gas is used for cooking by around 20,000 homes. Natural gas is also used by many Helsinki restaurants.
Gas vehicles can be filled up on road fuel gas processed from natural gas at Gasum’s gas filling stations. There were more than 5,000 gas-fueled vehicles on Finland’s roads in 2018, and the number has increased strongly in recent years. The gas filling station network is currently undergoing active expansion, and the largest number of stations can be found in Southern Finland.