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The Rovaniemi station will sell both liquefied and compressed gas, which means it will serve heavy-duty traffic and passenger cars. [Image: Gasum]

By Shardul Sharma

Finnish energy company Gasum has started work on building a gas filling station in Rovaniemi, the largest city in Finnish Lapland, it said on November 15. The station is expected to open in the early summer of 2024.

Once the Rovaniemi station is completed, gas-powered heavy-duty transport will be possible across most of Finland. Gasum aims to enable transport with biogas on all long-haul routes in Finland and Sweden. Rovaniemi is centrally placed both for traffic in Lapland and transport in Finland as a whole, it said.

On completion, the Rovaniemi station will be the world's northernmost filling station selling liquefied gas. Gasum recently opened its northernmost filling station to date in Kemi.

The Rovaniemi station will sell both liquefied and compressed gas, which means it will serve heavy-duty traffic and passenger cars. Biogas accounts for almost 100% of the gas Gasum sells to all vehicle segments in Finland. The lifecycle emissions of biogas are 90% lower on average compared to traditional fossil fuels, the company said.

Gasum's goal is to bring 7 TWh of renewable gas yearly to the Nordic market by 2027.