CBG network growth resumed in Finland

20.08.2017 08:57

After stagnation of public biogas filling station network growth for two years (2015-2016), eight new stations have already been opened in Finland in 2017. They bring the total number of public CBG stations to 32, of which 31 are CBG100 stations and 1 is a blend station.

The amount of commercial operators of public renewable methane filling stations has increased in 2017 from 7 to 12, which is the highest number to date. On the other hand, the amount of commercial operators of public fossil methane filling stations has decreased in 2017 from 2 to 1. The highest number of such operators was 4 in 2013.

 

Regional development has been the most remarkable feature of the market growth during 2017. Two of the new public filling stations are located in regions, where CBG stations had been absent. Now at least 1 public CBG station is found in 5 of the 8 regions in Finland (Table 1). In the region of Southern Finland, the network is wide and dense enough to meet the 150 km requirement, i.e. less than 150 km distance to the nearest public CBG station everywhere within the region. But in none of the regions public stations are found in all urban areas yet. Three regions (Åland, Northern Finland and Lapland) are still without public CBG stations, but private CBG stations have been operated in Northern Finland since 2012.

 

Table 1. Regional development of CBG station network in Finland.

 

Region

First station

Public stations
8/2017

Public stations in all urban areas

150 km requirement

1.

Southern Finland

1941 Helsinki (private)
2011 several public stations

21

-

Yes

2.

Inland Finland

2002 Laukaa (private)
2004 Laukaa (public)

6

-

-

3.

Western Finland

2014 Uusikaarlepyy (public)

3

-

-

4.

Eastern Finland

2017 Haukivuori (public)

1

-

-

5.

Southwestern Finland

2017 Pori (public)

1

-

-

 

Total: 5/8

1941 Helsinki (private)
2004 Laukaa (public)

Total: 32

Total: 0/8

Total: 1/8

 

Market growth is also visible in provincial scale, as 3 new provinces were added to the total of 11 provinces that now have at least one public CBG station. The 150 km requirement is met in 9 provinces, including 3 new in 2017. In 5 provinces, including 2 new in 2017, public stations are found in all urban areas. But there are still 8 provinces without stations. During 2017, first public CBG station has been opened in 4 urban areas, in 2 TOP10 largest cities and in 5 TOP20 largest cities.

Table 2 shows status of the Finnish public CBG station network and development during 2017. After two years of stagnation, the year 2017 is projected to become the third most successful year in the public CBG station market development in Finland.

 

Table 2. Present status and development during 2017 of the public CBG station network in Finland.

Indicator

Situation 8/2017

Change in 2017

CBG stations nationally

32 stations

+8 (+ 33 %)

CBG100 stations nationally

31 stations

+7 (+ 29 %)

CBG station operators nationally

12 operators

+5 (+ 71 %)

Regions with CBG stations

5 of 8 regions (63 %)

+2 (+ 67 %)

Provinces with CBG stations

11 of 19 provinces (58 %)

+3 (+ 38 %)

Urban areas with CBG stations

17 of 37 urban areas (46 %)

+4 (+ 29 %)

Stations in urban areas

25

+6 (+ 32 %)

Population of urban areas with CBG stations

2.4 million

(+ 16 %)

Share of national population in CBG urban areas

43 %

(+ 16 %)

TOP10 largest cities with CBG stations

7 of TOP10 cities (70 %)

+2 (+ 40 %)

TOP20 largest cities with CBG stations

12 of TOP20 cities (60 %)

+5 (+ 71 %)

Stations outside of urban areas

7 of 244 municipalities (2 %)

+2 (+ 40 %)

Regions with CBG stations in all urban areas

0 of 8 regions (0 %)

-

Provinces with CBG stations in all urban areas

5 of 19 provinces (26 %)

+2 (+ 67 %)

Regions meeting the 150 km requirement

1 of 8 regions (13 %)

-

Provinces meeting the 150 km requirement

9 of 19 provinces (42 %)

+3 (+ 50 %)

Highways with CBG stations

23 of 34 highways (68 %)

-

Stations along highways (max. 2 km distance)

27

+6 (+ 29 %)

Highways meeting the 150 km requirement

12 of 34 highways (35 %)

-

Main roads (other than highways) with CBG stations

12 of 43 main roads (23 %)

+4 (+ 50 %)