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Gasum, the Finnish energy gas company, has been granted an investment subsidy of EUR 9.3 million (SEK 92.6 million) by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, under the Climate Leap ('Klimatklivet') program. The subsidy is a significant step in Gasum's pursuit of building a Nordic gas ecosystem that will, for example, expand the use of liquified natural gas (LNG) in heavy-duty vehicles. The investment subsidy will help in opening up to 16 new gas filling stations around Sweden in the coming years.
Switching fuels in the heavy road transport segment, from diesel to either liquefied biogas (LBG) or natural gas (LNG), will have a significant impact on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulates and noise emissions. In the future, gas will play a major role in the transition to a carbon neutral society. Across the next few years, Gasum will widen the company's LNG filling station network in Finland, Sweden and Norway. New stations will be positioned at strategically relevant locations, expanding the operating range of LNG powered vehicles even further in the Nordic countries.
With the investment subsidy granted by the Climate Leap program, Gasum takes another important step towards the completion of new filling station projects, as well as the expansion of the Nordic gas infrastructure. The subsidy can be used for building up to 16 new gas filling stations in 13 Swedish regions: Västerbotten, Norrbotten, Värmland, Västernorrland, Gävleborg, Örebro, Västmanland, Uppsala, Västra Götaland, Östra Götaland, Jönköping, Kronoberg and Skåne.
"The positive investment support decision gives us a great opportunity to further grow our filling station network, and at the same time, continue our efforts to develop the Nordic gas market. Furthermore, it brings us closer to our goal of reducing emissions from road transport and moving towards a low-carbon future," says Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum.
For years, Gasum has taken clear steps in the development of the Nordic gas ecosystem. Finland's first LNG filling stations are located in Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku and Jyväskylä. The demand for cleaner solutions in road transport is evident, and a comprehensive gas network is vital in enabling growth. The number of gas vehicles is increasing in all categories. Last year the number of gas cars registered in Finland was three times higher than the year before.
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