Gasum now 100% in Finnish ownership
Gas plays an important role in the Finnish energy palette and enables a cost-efficient transition to a carbon-neutral society. Biogas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) also provide access to the benefits of gas to those outside the gas pipeline network.
The State of Finland and Gazprom have signed an agreement under which Gazprom's shareholding in Gasum is transferred to the State of Finland. Prior to this arrangement, the State-owned Gasonia Oy held 75% of Gasum’s shares. The transaction raises the State's ownership in Gasum to 100%.
Gasum is actively building a gas ecosystem based on natural gas, Finnish biogas and LNG in Finland and the Nordic countries. With biogas and LNG, resource-wise and competitive gas solutions are also accessible outside the gas pipeline network.
Gas plays a key role in Finnish industry as well as in combined heat and power (CHP) production, which is dependent on energy-efficient gas. Compared with coal, the rate of emissions from natural gas use is more than 40% lower, while the switch from heavy fuel oil to LNG results in a 25% reduction in emissions.
Gas is also gaining a bigger role in land and maritime transport: the use of LNG as a fuel helps cut carbon dioxide emissions by around a quarter in comparison with heavy fuel oil, and with biogas the emission reduction is up to 97%.
Gasum is investing strongly in the development of biogas production and the biogas market: the production potential of 100% Finnish biogas made from biodegradable waste already covers more than half of the current use of natural gas.
The natural gas and LNG distribution networks are suitable for biogas without any amendments. ■