The Swedish Government (Länsstyrelsen in Dalarnas Län) has granted Skangass, subsidiary of Finnish energy company Gasum, the permission to build and operate a new terminal for LNG within the harbor in Gävle, Sweden. The permission is given for a storing capacity of 30,000 m3 LNG and a handling of up to 500,000 tons LNG each year.
The planned terminal is an important part of the expansion of LNG infrastructure in Sweden and the Baltic Sea. The environmental advantages of using LNG instead of oil based fuel within shipping, industry and heavy transportation are substantial. Sulphur and particle emissions are reduced to almost zero, nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission is reduced by 85-90% and the carbon dioxide (CO2) is reduced by 25%.
Skangass aims at starting the construction work during next year and the investment decision will probably be taken during spring 2015. The terminal will be developed in cooperation with Gävle Hamn that invests in building the infrastructure in the harbor area.
Earlier this year Gasum announced the acquisition of the majority (51%) of Norwegian Skangass distribution service from the Lyse Corporation. The purchase was a part of Gasum’s strategy of improving the availability of competitive LNG in The Nordic countries, which will serve not only marine traffic but also the needs of industrial clients outside the natural gas grids and future needs of heavy duty transportation.