Gasum has appointed M.Sc (Econ.) Anja Kuparinen (1967) to be the new Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the Management Team. She will take up his new position on 14.8.2017.
Anja Kuparinen joins Gasum’s management from bakery Group Lantmännen Unibake, where she has served as Talent Management Director since 2016. As Talent Management Director at the Lantmännen Unibake, she was involved in Vaasan Group company integration to starting up operations and in creating HR management processes and practices. Anja has served in a number of senior human resource management positions in companies such as Vaasan Group and ABB Oy.
"I’m delighted to be able to welcome Anja to our company. Anja has a strong track record in systematically developing and leading human resource management also in Nordics environments. Gasum has grown through acquisitions in recent years and expanded our market area. Anja’s sound knowledge will support us in taking our strategy forward in the rapidly changing Nordic business environment,” says Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer, Gasum.
For more information:
Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer, Gasum
Phone: +358 20 44 78 661 (Henna Walker, Executive Assistant)
Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum
Phone: +358 40 55 40 578, firstname.lastname(a)gasum.com
The first gas filling station in Hämeenlinna, was inaugurated today, Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Paroistentie. The station opened to drivers already last week and provides compressed natural gas and biogas for cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses.
Gasum is promoting cleaner road transport and is firmly committed to the development of Finnish gas vehicle use. The first gas filling station opened in Hämeenlinna is on Paroistentie, in the immediate proximity of the motorway between Helsinki and Tampere. The filling station provides compressed natural gas and biogas for cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses.
“The new gas filling station is in Hämeenlinna at the heart of growth corridor Finland and we are especially pleased that we will be part of the gas filling station network in Southern Finland. This gas filling station symbolizes Hämeenlinna’s commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the use of natural gas in road traffic is a big step towards this,” says Timo Kenakkala, Mayor of Hämeenlinna.
”Octavia is Finland’s most popular model in Škoda’s gas-fueled range and sales of the gas version have soared. Hämeenlinna is an important region for us and our local distributor Nelipyörä-autoliike is more than happy to help our customers in choosing a Škoda gas-fueled car. With regard to fuel economy, a gas-fueled car is an excellent low-cost option for private customers, organizations and companies alike. We see great potential in vehicles running on low emission biogas and it is great that the filling station network has now expanded also to Hämeenlinna. Besides the Octavia, the Škoda Citigo gas car is also available in our range,” says Maija Koskela, CEO of Helkama Auto, which imports Škoda to Finland.
Gasum is actively developing its network of biogas and natural gas filling stations and will open 35 new filling stations over the next few years. A number of stations are planned for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Turku, Oulu and Lahti, among other places.
“Consumers, companies and cities seek clean and affordable traffic solutions. On top of this, national energy and climate targets support the strong growth of road fuel gas. Gasum is responding to this demand through its products and by expanding its network of filling stations. We have revolutionized the fuel market. For example, our customers run their vehicles on 100 percent renewable fuel produced from their own waste and pay a fixed monthly price. In May, we expanded this fixed monthly price for fuel to also apply to corporate leasing services in partnership with Secto Automotive. New filling stations will be brought into use during the summer in a number of places and next week we will inaugurate the first gas filling station in Pori. After the summer vacations, it will be time for new stations in Vantaa and Jyväskylä,” says Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas Business, Gasum.
Gasum biogas is a renewable Finnish biofuel. Using biogas as a road fuel is the easy way to reduce carbon dioxide and particulate emissions. It is the only road fuel sold in Finland to have been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel. Not only is biogas environmentally friendly, it is also an affordable road fuel.
For more information:
Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum Ltd, tel. +35840 5633 756, firstname.lastname(a)gasum.com
Olga Väisänen, Vice President Communications, tel. +358 40 554 0578, firstname.lastname(a)gasum.com
Gasum, Kemira and the City of Lappeenranta assessed the techno-economic feasibility of a renewable gas production plant, or methanation plant, in Joutseno. If implemented on the scale now examined with an annual production of 18–28 MW, the methanation plant could be by far the largest plant in the world producing renewable methane from hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The plant concept would be based on utilizing the flows of byproducts from local industry.
The techno-economic feasibility study was conducted by Neste Jacobs and led in cooperation by the energy company Gasum Ltd, the chemicals company Kemira Oyj and the City of Lappeenranta. The results of the feasibility study show the Joutseno methanation plant to be technically feasible and the investment outlay to be around €45–62 million depending on the concept chosen to implement it.
”We intend to continue studies relating to the methanation plant including assessment of gas production costs, implementation and profitability. In the concept, the hydrogen created as a by-product in Kemira’s Joutseno plant and recyclable carbon dioxide from the local forest industry would be processed into renewable methane. We estimate that the plant could come on stream at the earliest in 2019,” says Jouni Haikarainen, Senior Vice President, Natural Gas, Gasum.
“We want to use the methanation plant feasibility study to accelerate the transformation of research carried out at Lappeenranta University of Technology into a genuine business. By producing synthetic natural gas, we are seeking an answer to a global problem: how to store renewable energy for use during certain times of the day when solar or wind power is unavailable. A plant investment like this would be a textbook example of the circular economy and of the fact that all industrial material flows could be re-used 100 percent,” says Markku Heinonen, Development Manager, City of Lappeenranta.
The feasibility study has been done as a national key project as part of the Lappeenranta-Imatra region growth agreement with the State. Looking ahead, the City of Lappeenranta considers it important for the State to recognize new forms of synthetic fuel that recycle carbon dioxide and treat them taxwise as renewable energy.
”It was interesting to be involved in the techno-economic feasibility study of the gas production plant based on new technology and industrial integration. The results of the techno-economic study show the Joutseno methanation plant to be technically feasible in the future and its concept seems promising,” says Jarmo Suominen, Managing Director and CEO of Neste Jacobs.
For more information:
Jouni Haikaranen, Senior Vice President, Natural Gas, Gasum
Phone: +358 40 709 5690, firstname.lastname(a)gasum.com
Janne Tynninen, Plant Director, Joutseno, Kemira Oyj
Phone: +358 40 703 3823, firstname.lastname(a)kemira.com
Markku Heinonen, Development Director, City of Lappeenranta
Phone: +358 40 581 1998 firstname.lastname(a)lappeenranta.fi
Satu Stolt, Marketing and Communications Manager, Neste Jacobs
Phone: +358 50 458 9779, firstname.lastname(a)nestejacobs.com