The European Commission has granted EUR 2.65 million (USD 2.9m) in financial support to a Gasum project studying the opportunities to develop a new kind of LNG refueling station network for heavy-duty vehicles. The project will involve Finnish natural gas importer and retailer Gasum constructing four pilot stations within the TEN-T Core Network in Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku and Jyväskylä, Finland.
Gasum is strongly committed to the development of gas vehicle use. The demand for clean and affordable road fuel gas is increasing sharply all the time, and opportunities to switch to gas as a road fuel are further improved by the expanding supply of gas vehicles and the growing station network. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is currently used to fuel buses and light vehicles. The EU support granted makes it possible to also provide heavy-duty vehicles with access to natural gas in its liquefied form (LNG). The infrastructure being constructed will also enable the use of liquefied biogas in heavy-duty transport.
Gasum applied for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) support to explore the opportunities to construct an LNG/L-CNG refueling station network and the deployment and testing of four pilot stations. The positive financial support decision enables the realization of the project and the construction of the pilot refueling stations in the next two years. The project is expected to cost around EUR 5.3 million in (USD 5.8m) total.
The purpose of the Gasum project is to study the regional market potential, optimal technical configurations and operating aspects for the development of the road vehicle refueling stations network in areas outside the current gas network. The project contributes to the TEN-T Core Network, the implementation of the objectives of Directive 2014/94/EU and the development of the market for alternative propulsion systems in road transport.
At the moment there are 24 public gas vehicle fueling stations in Finland, and 18 of these are owned by Gasum. Gasum constructs new stations in response to demand developments. The aim is to increase the number of Gasum-owned stations by 35 new stations in the next ten years.
Both natural gas and biogas (biomethane) are available at all of Gasum’s public stations. Natural gas is the least expensive transport fuel, while Gasum biogas is 100% renewable and 100% Finnish and the only road fuel sold in Finland that has been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel.