A second natural gas station has opened in Lahti to respond the growing demand of this a key transport hub. Gasum’s facility, located in the Kujala district of Lahti, serves heavy-duty road transport with LNG and bio-LNG, and also cars with CNG and bio-CNG. The first natural gas station in Lahti was opened in front of K-Citymarket Lahti Laune, where customers can fill up with CNG and biogas for passenger cars, delivery vehicles, refuse collection vehicles and buses.
“Use of gas in transport has increased very rapidly in the Lahti area and the new filling station will further fuel this development. The new station is part of the Gasum station network being constructed for heavy-duty vehicles in the Nordic countries. The new LNG and LBG stations will be located at busy transport hubs, enabling a switch to cleaner fuels in long-distance operations,” said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Traffic, Gasum.
Pontus Stenberg, CEO of Kiitosimeon, a Rajamäki-based transport company, believes that looking ahead increasingly more attention will be given to emissions from heavy-duty road vehicles. “The transport industry has a key role to play in cutting emissions in society and this is reflected in the growing demands for eco-friendliness in the sector. Heavy-duty road transport needs a choice of low-emission, cost-efficient fuels. The new filling station is again a leap in the right direction,” he commented.
The growth in the popularity of gas in the Lahti area also supports the objective of the city to be carbon neutral already by 2025. Emissions are being reduced through, for example, the circular economy by producing biomethane from the city’s biowaste. “The biogas plant has been operating in Lahti since back in 2014. Use of Finnish biogas as a vehicle fuel and energy production from renewable sources are important eco-deeds which, when carried out together with local companies, benefit society as a whole,” said Saara Vauramo, Environmental Director, City of Lahti.
There are currently already 45 natural gas stations in Finland and new locations are being opened in different places, with stations to serve heavy-duty long-distance transport from the south to the north of the country. There are filling stations for heavy-duty trucks in Lahti, Turku, Vantaa, Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Oulu. In addition, new facilities for heavy-duty vehicles and passenger cars are being planned for Seinäjoki and Kuopio among other places. Moreover, a new station will be opened in June in conjunction with the IKEA store in Raisio to serve cars, delivery vehicles and refuse collection vehicles.