Nordic energy company Gasum will supply LNG to Wasaline, which operates the Vaasa-Umeå ferry route, and to Wärtsilä’s new Smart Technology Hub.
Gasum will build a customer terminal in Vaskiluoto in Vaasa, from where it will supply LNG to cargo and passenger shipping company Wasaline’s new LNG-fuelled ferry M/S Aurora Botnia, which will start operating later this year. Gasum will also be able to serve other customers through the terminal.
The company will also supply LNG for Wärtsilä’s new Smart Technology Hub, which will be completed in the autumn and will focus on research, product development and engineering.
‘It’s good news that an LNG customer terminal is to be built in Vaskiluoto. We believe that the use of liquefied natural gas will increase both on land and at sea and that demand for more environmentally friendly fuels will show further growth,’ said Vesa Riihimäki, Director, Delivery Management, Wärtsilä Finland.
Peter Ståhlberg, CEO of Wasaline, noted: ‘The new ferry, M/S Aurora Botnia, which will operate the Vaasa-Umeå route, is nearing completion. Our ship will be the most eco-friendly passenger and car ferry currently under construction. The ship’s engines will run on liquefied natural gas and moving forward also on renewable biogas.
‘The ferry will accommodate 800 passengers and have a cargo capacity of 1,500 lane meters for trucks and cars. Sustainability is increasingly important to our customers and also to the entire Vaasa region.’