The Nordic NGV refueling network is expanding as Gasum has opened its 9th natural gas station in Sweden, and the first one in Umeå. The new facility, located in an area with heavy traffic where fuel consumption is high and the need for clean fuel solutions is rising rapidly, can refuel heavy trucks with LNG and bio-LNG, while it offers CNG and bio-CNG for cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses.
The station is also part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 refueling points for trucks by the early 2020s in the Nordics. The growing network opens further opportunities to answer to the increased demand for low emission road transport. “As the station network expands, natural gas becomes available to more actors in the transport sector, which in turn increases the demand for gas. At the end of last year, we opened a new station in Östersund, which together with the Umeå station enables NGVs to be used across Sweden,” said Mikael Antonsson, Director of Traffic at Gasum Sweden.
The increasing amount of new stations is a key factor in reducing emissions, particularly in the long-haul road transport segment. According to the new emission standards passed by the EU in 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30% by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
“Using cleaner fuel solutions is an important factor in Sandahls’ environmental strategy work. The new natural gas stations are vital since they enable us to reduce our emissions and meet our customers’ needs of having low-emission logistic chains. I’m glad that we’re able to use LNG trucks in Umeå,” commented Johan Ebefors, CEO at Sandahls Goods and Parcel.
“Biogas is a high-performance renewable fuel. New stations accelerate the usage of biogas-fueled vehicles, which is why the new station is not only important for the Umeå region but for Sweden as well,” added Anna Säfvestad Albinsson, Project Leader at BioFuel Region AB, Umeå.