Finnish Border Guard to test liquefied biogas as maritime fuel for its operations

The deliveries from Gasum’s plant in Risavika, Norway and the biogas plant in Turku, Finland to Helsinki will demonstrate LBG as a fossil-free and 100% renewable fuel.

April 7, 2021. Gasum begins test deliveries of liquefied biogas (LBG) for the Finnish Border Guard. The deliveries from Gasum’s plant in Risavika, Norway and the biogas plant in Turku, Finland to Helsinki will demonstrate LBG as a fossil-free and 100% renewable fuel suited to the needs of maritime industry.

“We are happy to be forerunners in environmentally friendly shipping practices. Through these test deliveries we will expect to gain more experience on using biogas and to support further our efforts to reach the carbon neutrality goals Finland has set for 2035”, says Commander Marko Aheristo, the Head of Ship Technical Unit at the Finnish Border Guard.

According to the current government program, Finland will be carbon-neutral by 2035. This means significant emission cuts are required in the transport sector on land and sea. By choosing biogas, it is possible to reduce the CO2 emission by up to 90%, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. LBG is also interchangeable with liquefied natural gas (LNG) which means that the two gases can be mixed and used in the same vessels.

“Gasum has supported the Finnish Border Guard’s LNG-fueled offshore patrol vessel Turva since the beginning of her operations, and now we are very happy to continue this journey with LBG-deliveries. Using biogas alongside with LNG in marine transport is a new step forward in decarbonizing the shipping industry and we are looking forward to completing more successful trials with biogas in the near future”, says Jacob Granqvist, Vice President Maritime from Gasum.

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