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The European Union proposes support at €2.9 million to Gasum for the expansion of the gas filling station network in Finland. The support is an important step in Gasum’s efforts to build the Nordic gas ecosystem through measures including expanding the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in heavy-duty transport. The proposed supports enables the construction of up to 14 new gas filling stations in Finland and the development of the alternative propulsion market in road transport.
The EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport, energy and digital infrastructure projects proposes that Gasum be granted €2.9 million for the construction of new gas filling stations. With the support, Gasum will continue its determined efforts to implement new filling station projects and expand the Nordic station network. The support proposal covers the construction of up to 14 gas filling stations in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) area in Finland.
The stations to be built include both new liquefied natural gas and biogas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles and compressed natural gas and biogas filling stations for cars, delivery vehicles and waste management vehicles. Gasum has already implemented filling stations in Salo and Vantaa in accordance with its support application. Both of the completed filling stations are key components of the project entity and the proposed support package.
The filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles to be opened in Finland are part of Gasum’s wider network of filling stations for heavy-duty transport. The company is planning to construct a total of around 50 stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway in the next few years. The new filling stations will be located at key transport nodes as regards logistics operations, and they will enable significant increases in the use of liquefied natural gas and biogas in heavy-duty transport.
Gasum has been taking clear action to build the Nordic gas market. Two LNG import terminals have been constructed in Finland and at the same time Gasum has strengthened its LNG supply chain substantially in the Nordic countries. Gasum’s first LNG filling stations are located in Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Turku and Vantaa, Finland.
The demand for cleaner transport solutions is increasing rapidly also for cars and in sectors including municipal deliveries and transport. New gas vehicle models in various vehicle categories and the expanding filling station network create excellent potential for growth in the road fuel gas market. Over the past couple of years, the number of gas-fueled vehicles registered in Finland has more than doubled: the number of gas vehicles in use before 2017 was just under 2,000, while the current figure already exceeds 5,500.
For more information please contact:
Jussi Vainikka, Business Development Manager, Biogas, Gasum
Phone: +358 40 553 3033, firstname.surname(a)gasum.fi