Two more stations planned for Turku in 2017
Gas retailer Gasum has inaugurated the first gas filling station in Turku on the south west coast of Finland. Located close to the Port of Turku, the station began refuelling of vehicles the week before the opening on November 7. Gasum is committed to investing in the development of gas vehicle use and aims to construct two more gas filling stations in the Turku area next year.
There is growing interest in the area in gas vehicle use. Gasum will construct 35 new filling stations over the next ten years and sees investment in infrastructure as key to the increased use of gas as a road vehicle fuel.
The station located by Tuontiväylä road close to the Port of Turku is Finland’s first gas filling station intended for cars, commercial vehicles as well as heavy-duty road vehicles. The significance of the Turku filling station to the development of the Finnish gas infrastructure was pointed out by Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminenat the opening seminar. A Gasum biogas plant processing local sewage sludge also operates in the Turku region.
”I’m pleased that we’re finally able to also provide Southwest Finland with access to gas. We’re committed to investing in the development of the low-emission road fuel gas market by increasing the supply of road fuel gas significantly in the key demand areas in Finland. Southwest Finland is an important region for us as two of our biogas plants promoting the circular economy are located in Turku and Vehmaa. We wish to set an example and therefore will introduce the first two LNG-fueled trucks to transport sewage sludge to our biogas plants and recycled nutrients to our customers in the region, says Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen.
Vehicles can be filled up on compressed as well as liquefied natural gas and biogas at the station. Compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas (CBG – biomethane / renewable natural gas) can be used as a fuel for cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses, while liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) are suitable for heavy-duty road vehicles. LNG-fueled trucks help reduce particulate emissions and operate more silently.
”Gas is a versatile and clean energy source. Turku aims to become a carbon-neutral city by 2040. The biggest scope for emission cuts can be found in our region’s heat and power production as well as transport, and the expansion of the gas infrastructure to Turku creates new opportunities for the city, local residents and industry as well as transport,” says Olli Manni, Chairperson of the City Board of Turku.
”As a responsible operator we also want to be involved in the efforts to promote the utilization of new environmentally friendly practices and technologies in the Turku region,” says Christian Ramberg, Managing Director, Port of Turku.
Gasum is committed to investing in the development of the low-emission road fuel gas market by increasing the supply of road fuel gas significantly in the key demand areas in Finland. The company is implementing several gas filling station projects around Finland.
Gasum receives Connecting Europe Facility support to explore the opportunities to construct an LNG/LCNG refueling station network and the deployment of four pilot stations intended specifically for heavy-duty vehicles. In addition to Turku and Vuosaari, the stations will be constructed in Vantaa and Jyväskylä.