Gasum has begun work on building a new biomethane station in the municipality of Keminmaa in northern Finland. Construction work will take around six months and the goal is to open the service station to the public by the end of this year. It will provide both bio-LNG and bio-CNG, thereby serving heavy-duty transport and passenger car drivers.
When completed, the new facility, which has received funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, will be the first natural gas station in Finnish Lapland, Gasum’s northernmost filling station and the northernmost bio-LNG station in Europe. Gasum recently opened its second northernmost station in Luleå, Sweden.
The new Keminmaa station is located in the new Rajakangas industrial park on the E8 Oulu-Tornio road in the immediate vicinity of the Rovaniemi junction. It is ideally placed to serve traffic heading for Rovaniemi and Tornio as well as traffic to Sweden.
“Gasum aims to expand its filling station network even further northward and enable transport with biogas and gas motoring in Lapland. The Keminmaa station will serve long-haul transport in the north and enable growing numbers of logistics providers to switch to biogas-powered transport,” said Juho Kurra, Head of Business, Traffic Finland at Gasum.
Biomethane already now accounts for almost all the natural gas sold by Gasum as a transport fuel for all vehicle segments in Finland. The company’s strategic goal is to bring 7 TWh of renewable gas yearly to market by 2027. This would mean annual savings of 1.8 million tons in CO2 emissions for Gasum’s customers.