On April 1, 2021, Gasum delivered a batch of domestic biogas from the company's Turku biogas plant to the Finnish Border Guard in Helsinki. Next up is a batch of liquefied biogas, which will be imported to Helsinki in the coming weeks from Gasum's Risavika production plant in Norway via the company's LNG import terminal in Pori.
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Liquefied biogas is presented as a fossil-free and completely renewable fuel alternative that is excellently suited to maritime needs. The purpose of the batches now to be delivered is to test delivery logistics and the use of biogas on a patrol vessel, and to introduce biogas as a renewable energy source for shipping.
“It’s great for us to be pioneers in eco-friendly shipping. We expect to gain more experience from the use of biogas from these test deliveries and to support our efforts to promote Finland's carbon neutrality target for 2035, ”says Marko Aheristo , Commander of the Finnish Border Guard's ship unit .
The Finnish government's program includes the goal of making Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. Achieving this target will require significant emission reductions in both road and maritime transport. The use of biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. Liquefied biogas can also be used in the same applications as liquefied natural gas (LNG), as they can be mixed with each other and used simultaneously or alternately as fuel for the same ship.
“Gasum has been the fuel supplier of the Finnish Border Guard's LNG-powered external patrol vessel Turva since the ship's commissioning, and we are now very happy to continue our joint journey with Gasum's biogas. The use of biogas alongside LNG is a new step towards carbon-free shipping, and we expect good experiences from other biogas test deliveries in the near future, ”says Jacob Granqvist , Gasum's Vice President, Maritime Transport .