Gasum has opened its 11th natural gas station in Sweden. The Ljungby facility is the first LNG station in Kronoberg County. It offers LNG and bio-LNG for heavy duty vehicles, and located in a logistic hub area, which means that the area already has a large existing customer base. This opening is part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 natural gas stations by the early 2020s in the Nordics.
As Ljungby lies at the intersection of roads E4 and R25, the station serves Gasum’s customers on both roads. The E4 passes along the Gulf of Bothnia from Haparanda on the Finnish border to Gävle and onwards across Sweden to Helsingborg across the sea from Denmark. Moreover, national road R25 is a link between the east and the west as it travels through Sweden between Kalmar and Halmstad.
“We are very happy to be in Ljungby. Enabling clean road cargo transport in the Nordics by replacing diesel with low emission fuel solutions such as LNG is becoming more important. As most of our customers have operations throughout Sweden, this station is a welcomed addition to the refueling network for them as well. Interest towards natural gas as a fuel solution is steadily increasing and, thanks to governmental climate subsidy programs such as Klimatklivet, more than 800 gas trucks are now operating on Swedish roads,” said Mikael Antonsson, Director of Traffic at Gasum in Sweden.
The Ljungby station is the latest addition to Gasum’s network in southern Sweden, where biogas production is already widely established. In February, Gasum opened a natural gas station in Kalmar which is located east of Ljungby. In an area 100 km south of Ljungby, Gasum is also building a biogas plant in conjunction with Stora Enso’s Nymölla pulp and paper mill in Kristianstad, where Gasum already has a filling station.
Småländska bränslen in Ljungby offers CNG to distribution and passenger vehicles on the site where Gasum has now built the LNG station for heavy duty vehicles. “We value our cooperation with Gasum to enable the first station for LNG in Kronoberg County on our site. By adding Gasum’s LNG capacity, the site will be an important refueling point in the area. We have a good connection with local haulers, which is beneficial for all parties,” commented Stefan Hermansson, CEO at Småländska bränslen