The Nordic energy company Gasum opened a new gas filling station in Torsvik, Jönköping, to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for heavy-duty vehicles.
The company’s fourth gas filling station in Sweden, the new filling station is located on a site leased from IKEA’s Torsvik warehouse.
Gasum is planning to create a network of around 20 filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Sweden and Finland by the end of the year, with 12 of the stations to be located in Sweden, and to introduce a total of 50 new filling stations in the Nordics by the early 2020s.
Gasum noted that heavy road transport across the EU is increasing. In early 2019, the European Union presented new emission reduction standards for heavy-duty vehicles. According to the new regulation, carbon dioxide emissions from HDVs need to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030.
The new regulation has increased the demand for low-emission fuel options for HDVs in the Nordics, and alternative fuels such as LNG and LBG are quickly becoming the norm. In addition, there is a rapidly increasing demand for low-emission transport solutions in various industries.
Mikael Antonsson, director, traffic, Gasum Sweden, said, “By the end of the year, heavy-duty vehicles will be able to drive across Sweden with a low-emission fuel as the number of gas filling stations increases to 12.”
The new filling stations are targeted to the long-haul transport segment where energy consumption is highest. All of the new filling stations will be located in high-traffic areas, and they will enable significant increases in the use of LNG and LBG in heavy-duty transport. In Sweden, the stations that are already operational can be found in Västerås, Norrköping and Örebro in addition to the new station in Jönköping.
Earlier in the year, the home electronics retailer Elgiganten, Gasum and Volvo Lastvagnar launched a pilot where Elgiganten’s transport partners will fuel outgoing transport from Elgiganten’s Nordic distribution center in Jönköping on LBG.