Gasum has opened its first natural gas station in Skåne, in Kristianstad, which will serve heavy-duty vehicles by offering LNG and bio-LNG. It is part of the company’s ambitious plan to build a network of 50 new NGV stations in the Nordics by early 2020s. Kristianstad’s new facility is Gasum’s eighth station in Sweden.
“With the opening of Kristianstad’s station, we are strengthening the natural gas refueling infrastructure in southern Sweden. Expanding the station network along the main highways in the country enables more Swedish logistics companies to lower emissions and switch to LNG and bio-LNG,” said Mikael Antonsson, Director, Traffic, Gasum Sweden. “It’s also great to see that awareness of low-emission fuel alternatives is increasing, thus becoming more popular among logistics companies.”
In 2018, Gasum announced its plans to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla pulp & paper mill. The plant, operated by Gasum, will turn the mill’s wastewater into renewable bio-LNG. As a result, the resource efficacy of the mill increase simultaneously as its climate footprint will decrease. The produced biogas will be used in road traffic, marine and industry segments. The plant is expected to start operating during second half of 2020 and biomethane made from the paper mill’s wastewater will also be available at Kristianstad’s filling station.
“The circular economy cooperation with Stora Enso’s pulp and paper mill in Nymölla is a great project and show how local side streams can be utilized efficiently in an industrial level production of renewable fuel. In addition, this will increase the capacity of Swedish biogas production,” added Erik Woode, Business development manager Industry & Public transport, Gasum.
The station opening has increased the interest in natural gas in the Skåne region. For example, Åhus-based Green L Equipment AB is aiming to get the company’s first NGV as soon as possible. “I heard the news about a new biogas plant and a filling station in the area, I knew I wanted to add a natural gas truck in my fleet. The fact that natural gas as fuel is environmentally friendly is important to us, as we aim to be carbon neutral in the future. This will also support our customers’ work to lower their emissions,” commented Mårten Andersson, Managing Director of Green L Equipment AB.