LNG has replaced oil products in a variety of industries, which has led to increased competitiveness and reduced emissions.
LNG is liquefied natural gas, a clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). This shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier to store and ship to markets and regions that are not linked to gas network.
Harjavalta, Finland, 23 October 2018: For the first time Nornickel Harjavalta and Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut (STEP) Oy received liquefied biogas (LBG) from Skangas. Renewable liquefied biogas substantially improves the environmental footprint of the companies.
The LBG is used in Nornickel’s production of biohydrogen and for their energy production. Up to now Skangas has been supporting Nornickel with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Nornickel Harjavalta’s goal is to continuously improve waste recycling. In addition, they are committed to reducing emission to air and water and minimizing disturbances.
“Using liquefied biogas is a natural development towards an even cleaner operation and environment,” says Marko Mikkola, Director Operations support & EHSQ, Nornickel Harjavalta. “Having replaced oil products with LNG in hydrogen production and bioenergy we are already significantly reducing our fossil CO2 emissions. As renewable LBG becomes increasingly available we will continue to improve our environmental footprint,” he concludes.
STEP received liquefied biogas for their bio steam boiler plant. Annually the steam boiler plant produces around 220,000 MWh of steam fueled by wood pellets. Wood pellets is the main fuel for STEP supported by back-up fuel of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Skangas. Investing in the new steam boiler in 2016 STEP estimated an annual CO2 reduction of approximately 70,000 tons. This is since they changed their energy source from heavy oil to pellets and gas.
“We are extremely satisfied with the opportunity to use renewable gas in our energy production”, says Antti Kokko, Head of Sales and Business Development, STEP. “This is a step in the right direction and we welcome more biogas whenever possible,” he concludes.
“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to Norilsk and STEP”, says Jouni Bedda, Sales Manager in Skangas. “ LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand in hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise.”
Because the LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used. Compared to oil products LNG removes SOx and particulate matters and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. LBG is like LNG, however, it is a renewable fuel made from 100% local feedstocks. Biogas is produced through the processing of various types of organic waste.
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Energy company Gasum has increased its shareholding in Skangas to 100%. The acquisition strengthens a key element of Gasum's strategy and will further enhance the development of the Nordic gas market and LNG distribution network. The increase in shareholding consolidates Gasum's position as the leading Nordic LNG provider and the gas market frontrunner.
Nordic energy company Gasum has purchased the remaining shareholding in the Norwegian liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider Skangas from the Lyse Group. In 2014, Gasum became Skangas's majority shareholder with a 51% holding, and in 2017 the share grew to 70%.
"Completing the acquisition of Skangas gives us even better opportunities to build and develop the Nordic gas ecosystem and to respond to growing demand. We thank the Lyse Group for the good co-operation in developing the LNG market,” says Johanna Lamminen, CEO, Gasum. "The need for cleaner fuel solutions in industry and transport is increasing significantly, and LNG is the most competitive option for low-emission fuels. We want to be the frontrunner in taking the Nordic countries to a cleaner tomorrow.”
Gas plays a major role in reducing the carbon footprint in terms of the total use of energy in the Nordic countries. The demand for cleaner fuel solutions is increasing rapidly as new ways to reduce emissions and fight climate change are sought in all transport and industry sectors. LNG can be used in both maritime and heavy-duty road transport, as well as in industrial processes. Renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) can be used in the same applications.
For the last few years, Gasum has been determined to build the Nordic LNG infrastructure to improve the availability of gas for the needs of the industry, transport, and maritime sectors. In September, Gasum announced the company’s intention to expand the Nordic LNG filling station network to around 50 locations by the early 2020s. An extensive filling station network in Finland, Sweden and Norway enables significant increases in the use of liquefied natural gas and liquefied biogas in road haulage and distribution traffic.
The now announced acquisition is a step further in developing the Nordic LNG infrastructure. The acquisition ensures a strong foothold for Gasum in the growing market, and further enhances the industry’s leading know-how and utilization of the latest technology innovations.
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