In 2016 we took purposeful steps to advance our strategy, and the Gasum Group’s financial performance had a positive trend, comments CEO Johanna Lamminen.
The Helsinki jazz club Storyville has made an environmentally friendly move. Also a restaurant serving food, from now on the meals served at Storyville will be made with 100% Finnish biogas, and the same fuel will also be used to heat the club's famous terrace. The biogas used by Storyville is produced by Gasum and sold and transmitted by Suomen Kaasuenergia Oy.
Ranked as one of the best jazz clubs in Europe, Storyville has switched to local biogas in its restaurant kitchen and the heaters keeping customers warm on the terrace. Gasum biogas is a 100% Finnish biofuel made from 100% renewable feedstocks and has been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel.
According to Storyville owners, the reasons for the switch to biogas were both practical and value-based.
”We used to use natural gas in our kitchen cookers and terrace heaters. We appreciated biogas being local and having such great environmental advantages, so in the end the decision to make the switch was easy. In addition, getting gas directly from the pipeline network is also a more convenient option for us than bottled gas,” says restaurateur Jorma Railonkoski.
Using biogas in a restaurant kitchen is an environmentally friendly choice.
”Biogas can be made from feedstocks such as grease collected from restaurant grease traps and biowaste generated in food preparation. Restaurants can then use the biogas produced for purposes such as cooking food or heating. It’s great that this way restaurants can recover and utilize their own biowaste,” says Gasum Sales Manager Max Miilakangas.
There are currently dozens of restaurants in Helsinki using biogas for heating, food preparation or both. Gasum’s Finnish biogas plants are located in Huittinen, Honkajoki, Kuopio, Oulu, Riihimäki, Turku and Vehmaa. Gasum also produces biogas with its partners in Espoo, Kouvola and Lahti.
For more information please contact:
Max Miilakangas, Sales Manager, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 068 6814, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com
Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com
Jorma Railonkoski, Restaurateur, Storyville, phone: +358 40 1738336
Established in 1993, Happy Hour Restaurants is a family business providing high-quality restaurant services with a focus on music and great experiences in central Helsinki. The company’s spread of restaurants, clubs and bars features the cultured Storyville, the dance-on-the-table Rymy-Eetu, the multi-storey party paradise LeBonk with its rooftop terrace, the Singer's Karaoke bar and the must-visit open-air venues of the urban summer – the Storyville park terrace, the Freedom Bar next to the Olympic Stadium and the Aurinkoterassi in Erottaja in the very heart of Helsinki.
The European Commission’s freshly unveiled Clean Mobility Package proposes new carbon dioxide emission standards for cars and vans. The Commission also presents a proposal for the strengthening of the infrastructure for alternative fuels, including liquefied natural gas (LNG). The package draws attention to the opportunities provided by renewable gas and, according to the Commission, the use of biogas should be increased in the future.
The average carbon dioxide emissions of new cars will have to be 30% lower in 2030 than in 2021. The Commission's proposal is technology neutral and does not include any quotas for propulsion systems. It is therefore in car manufacturers’ hands as regards which technology will be used to make the emission cuts a reality. According to the Commission’s estimate, 80% of new cars will still have a combustion engine in 2030. An alternative worth considering would be to switch to measuring the lifecycle emissions of fuels, which would provide an effective incentive for the use of fuels based on the circular economy.
The Clean Mobility Package includes an Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure. The Action Plan provides strong support to the increased transport use of gas in maritime as well as road transport. According to the Action Plan, the transport use of gas should be increased in the future, and in this a significant role is played by biogas.
The Commission points out in the Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure that even the TEN-T core network still has gaps in the gas infrastructure as regards cars, heavy-duty vehicles, inland waterway vessels and maritime transport. To improve the infrastructure, the Action Plan includes new funding opportunities amounting to almost €800 million in loans or grants or blending of these.
”The proposals of the Commission’s Clean Mobility Package are in their entirety highly welcome. Increasing the transport use of gas and the share of biogas is a cost-efficient way of reducing the lifecycle emissions of vehicles. Gas helps comply with the stricter emission limits in maritime as well as road transport. The Commission’s proposals create an excellent foundation for the further development of the biogas and LNG market and infrastructure in the Nordic countries,” says Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen.
Next, the proposals of the Clean Mobility Package will be considered by the European Parliament and the Council.
For more information please contact:
Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 20 44 78 661 (Executive Assistant Henna Walker)
Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd,
Phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com
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Progress is being made in the construction of the Manga LNG terminal in Tornio, Finland, and the terminal is technically ready to use. The technology group Wärtsilä has been responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract delivery for the terminal. The Manga LNG terminal project is a joint venture of Gasum subsidiary Skangas, Outokumpu, SSAB and EPV Energy that is due for completion in early 2018. Once completed, the terminal will be the largest LNG import terminal in the Nordic countries.
The next major step of the project is expected to take place in November 2017 when the first shipment of LNG is scheduled for arrival at the terminal.
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For more information please contact:
Kimmo Rahkamo, CEO, Skangas
Phone: +358 40 749 3069
Skangas in brief
Skangas is a leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier in the Nordic markets. The company supplies LNG for shipping, industrial and heavy-duty road transport needs. Skangas helps its customers reach their environmental and operational targets by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. Skangas is a subsidiary of the Finnish natural energy gas expert Gasum Ltd, and its shareholders are Gasum Ltd (70%) and the Norwegian Lyse Energi AS (30%). Skangas.com
Manga LNG in brief
The Manga LNG Oy natural gas import terminal is a joint venture of the industrial companies Outokumpu and SSAB Europe and the energy company EPV Energy and the LNG company Skangas. The purpose of the terminal is to diversify the gas and fuel markets of the Northern region by providing Northern industry, energy production and shipping with a more environmentally friendly and inexpensive alternative.
Our mission: Cleaner energy