Finnish CBG station network records double-digit growth in 2017
The first public biogas filling station (CBG100 Mikkeli) in the City of Mikkeli was inaugurated by Mayor Timo Halonen on Friday the 13th. It was the main event of a two-day festival organized by the municipality and a group of private companies to celebrate this major step on a path towards crude oil independent transportation. This is the first station operated by BioSairila Ltd, which became the 14th commercial operator of public biogas stations in Finland.
BioSairila Ltd. is mostly municipally owned energy and waste management company, but it also has a private minority ownership. BioSairila will begin construction of a biogas plant and a biogas upgrading plant by the end of this year, and will start selling biogas produced locally mostly from municipal biowastes in the beginning of year 2019. Until then the CBG100 Mikkeli will be a daughter station, where sold biogas originates from a mother station located 40 km away at a biogas plant of Biohauki Ltd. The Haukivuori plant, which became operational in the spring of 2017, is located in the municipality of Mikkeli, but not in the city of Mikkeli. It includes a public CBG station (CBG100 Haukivuori) and a mother station, where CBG containers are filled to be transported by trucks to daughter stations, of which the new station in Mikkeli is the first one. More stations are forthcoming. Biohauki Ltd. is a private company with a municipal minority ownership. It produces biogas from agricultural and industrial biowastes.
CBG100 Mikkeli is the 10th new public CBG station taken into operation this year in Finland. Double-digit expansion of public CBG station network has been experienced only once before in the Finnish history: 13 new CBG stations were added to the network in 2011.
The ten new public CBG stations so far opened this year have 8 different operators, of which 7 are new to this market. It means that the amount of public CBG station operators have doubled this year, from 7 to 14. Of the 7 new operators, 6 are municipal and 1 is a private company.
The enclosed pie diagram shows the shares of biogas transportation methods employed in the 10 new CBG stations. Local biogas pipeline is the most popular option. CBG100 Mikkeli is the second station where biogas is transported by trucks. The remaining 3 stations receive their biogas via national gas grid, where it has been injected from upgrading plants.
Additional information: locations of CBG100 Mikkeli, CBG100 Haukivuori and other public biogas filling stations in Finland (currently 34).