Major Japanese and International Industry Leaders to Examine Critical Role of Gas & LNG for Japan’s Future Energy Security

FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015,TOKYO 

Securing Japan’s future energy security is a matter of national priority and Japan is now facing challenging decisions regarding the fuels it chooses.

Japan is by far the world’s number one consumer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), consuming more than one third of the entire global output every year. Securing Japan’s future energy security is a matter of national priority and Japan is now facing challenging decisions regarding the fuels it chooses. The need to re-engage and re-negotiate major long-term LNG and gas contracts over the next few years will help Japanese customers drive better value and flexibility in the future.

Public appetite for nuclear power remains low and the vital role played by natural gas and LNG in providing a stable, clean and reliable form of energy for the country remains paramount. Despite restarting the Kyushu Electric Power Sendai nuclear plant earlier this month, Japan’s major energy and gas companies are showing no sign of shying away from natural gas. Investment by the Japanese in North American projects has tripled in the last four years to $45billion; Japanese banks are expected to loan up to $10billion as investments towards new US LNG export projects.

In reaffirming Japan’s gas ambitions and commitment to natural gas, ten of Japan’s leading energy companies have formed the Japan Gastech Consortium to host the Gastech 2017- Conference & Exhibition; the world’s leading natural gas & LNG event.  The Japan Gastech Consortium members include: Tokyo Gas, JERA, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., INPEX, ITOCHU, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation.

Together with the organisers of Gastech, dmg :: events, the Japan Gastech Consortium will hold the Official Launch & Networking Event on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo from 15.00 to 18.00.

For over 40 years Gastech has engaged and connected the technical and commercial experts of the gas and LNG industries. Japanese shipping, storage, processing and cryogenic technology has long played a leading role in the knowledge-sharing that Gastech promotes, and with leading Japanese utility companies, investors, analysts and researchers, the intellectual expertise that Gastech welcomes from Japan is second to none. Today, Gastech influences and connects over 2,000 senior executives & government decision makers with over 500 global energy companies in attendance, creating prospective opportunities for Japan’s leading players when the event arrives for the first time in 2017.

Chairman of the Japan Gastech Consortium, Mr Nobuo Tanaka – President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency – will address energy security in East Asia touching upon the role of natural gas; while Mr Gavin Thompson, Head of Asia Pacific Gas & Power Research at Wood Mackenzie will give an industry briefing on the economic outlook on Japan and its LNG market.

Senior representatives from the Japan Gastech Consortium and other notable players from the Japanese and international energy community – including LNG Japan Corp., Diamond Gas, Allen & Overy, the International Trade and Investment Office of the Government of British Columbia in Japan, BG Group, Chevron, Japan Marine United Corporation, Sojitz, Shizuoka Gas Co. Ltd, JOGMEC, JGC Corporation, Shell Japan, Chiyoda Corporation, NYK Line, Sakhalin LNG Services, Mitsui Engineering & ShipbuildingYokogawa, representatives from the UK Embassy (UKTI), Canada Embassy, Brazil Embassy, and others – have already confirmed their attendance.

Gastech 2017 Japan will be held from 4 to 7 April 2017 at the Makuhari Messe Chiba in Tokyo, Japan. For further information about please visit www.gastechevent.com

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About Gastech: Gastech will be in its 29th edition when it arrives in Japan.  Founded in London in 1972 it continues to go from strength to strength and the last edition in March 2014 in Korea was its biggest and best event to date.

Gastech attracts over 20,000 international visitors, 2000 conference delegates, 500+ international exhibitors, 250 C-level VIPs and over 150 of the best international students and young engineers involved in the gas industry.

The next event takes place in Singapore and will last for four days (27 – 30 October 2015) and will be held in association with Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW). For more information please visit the website www.gastechevent.com.

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About The Gastech Japan Consortium: The consortium is made up of the top 10 Japanese companies that are specialising in the delivery and consumption of Natural Gas and LNG. The Consortium Members are: Tokyo Gas, JERA, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., INPEX, ITOCHU, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation.

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