Gasum has opened it newest natural gas station in Keminmaa, Finland. Located in the new Rajakangas industrial park that’s under construction, this is the first NGV station in Finnish Lapland, Gasum’s second northernmost filling station and Europe’s northernmost bio-LNG filling station. It serves heavy-duty transport and passenger cars since it allows refueling with renewable LNG and CNG.
“The station is well placed to serve traffic in Finland heading for Rovaniemi and Tornio and further on towards Sweden. Gasum aims to further improve the availability of biogas in Northern Finland in the near future – demand is constantly growing, and we’ve received many requests for new stations in Lapland. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to announce some new projects in the region,” said Juho Kurra, Head of Business, Traffic Finland at Gasum.
The Pohjaset Group is a family-owned business employing 135 persons in the Kemi-Tornio area and whose business units also include logistics and recycling services. The Group’s operating area covers Finland from Jyväskylä northwards and Northern Sweden.
The first natural gas station in Finnish Lapland, which has received funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, is almost on their own doorstep and convinced the company to acquire the first natural gas truck for its vehicle fleet. The truck will be on the road starting in early 2024.
“The Keminmaa filling station means that we can use biogas and offer low-emission transportation to our customers since now that the station is open, we will be able to run on biogas throughout almost our entire operating area. We firmly believe that the number of gas vehicles in general will increase in Northern Finland in the next few years,” commented Petri Pohjanen, Logistics Services BU manager.
The Pohjaset Group has a mission to promote sustainability and the circular economy, and this is also reflected in their interest in low-emission fuels and reducing emissions. The company is already planning to acquire several more gas vehicles for its fleet as the NGV station network continues to expand in Northern Finland.
Already now, biomethane accounts for almost 100% of the gas sold by Gasum as a transport fuel for all vehicle segments. The company’s strategic goal is to bring 7 TWh of renewable gas yearly to market by 2027. This amount would mean annual savings of 1.8 million tons in CO2 emissions for Gasum’s customers.