Air Liquide has aquired a majority equity of Norwegian company Skagerak Naturgass AS – a subsidiary of Skagerak Energi, which belongs to Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft.
Skagerak Naturgass AS operates a distribution network delivering natural gas to industry, and 100% biomethane to the Norwegian transport sector through four bio-NGV (Natural Gas for Vehicle) stations installed in the Oslo region. This new joint venture allows Air Liquide to pursue its business development in the Scandinavian biogas market, firmly aligned with its aim of harnessing renewables technology for clean transport.
Scandinavia and Norway in particular constitute one of Europe’s key markets in the development of sustainable mobility. The government has declared targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is committed to phasing out fossil fuel-powered vehicles altogether by 2030.
In 2014, Air Liquide purchased FordonsGas, a Swedish biogas distribution company that owns and operates a network of 50 compressed biogas (CBG) stations providing customers with fuel from one of the world’s largest biogas liquefaction facilities, which chiefly produces CBG for the Swedish transportation market.
Like hydrogen, biogas contributes to address today’s energy and environmental challenges by offering an alternative to fossil fuels. Air Liquide is present across the value chain of both these renewables, from production through storage and distribution, to the development of applications that serve their end users.