Gasum is expanding the natural gas refueling infrastructure in Southwest Finland with the opening of a new filling station serving heavy-duty vehicles in summer 2020. Located on highway 10 in the Avanti business and industrial area of Lieto, it will provide LNG and bio-LNG for the needs of long-haul transport.
Together with the existing station in Turku, the new facility will serve logistics customers and companies in the region. For Kuljetus Harri Mikkola, which operates out of Oripää and Kaarina, this new station has allowed them to place an order for its first LNG-fueled vehicle. Kuljetus Harri Mikkola operates contract runs for Lidl Finland and alternative fuels are a significant way for the company to reduce emissions and stand out from the competition.
“The initiative for a vehicle fueled by cleaner energy came from Lidl Finland. Since as a company we’ve always been interested in the latest innovations and responsible solutions in the industry, we were immediately excited by the idea. We got together to think over the various alternatives and in the end decided on LNG, since it’s perfect for driving long distances. The decision was also supported by the new filling station on highway 10, since the location is brilliant for our runs,” said Teemu Mikkola, who owns Harri Mikkola Ky.
“The station being built in Lieto is part of our refueling network in the Nordic countries and adds to it in Finland while strengthening the possibilities for heavy-duty transport to fill up in Southwestern Finland. LNG and biogas are an environmentally aware solution that is in reach today to respond to the growing challenges posed by emissions in heavy-duty transport. In addition to which using natural gas can deliver savings in fuel costs. The choice can also be a positive statement to customers and consumers and make a company stand out from the competition,” added Markus Kaarlela, Development Manager, Traffic, Gasum.