May 3, 2015

Broader Panama Canal set to help energy-hungry Japan

The reopening next April of a wider Panama Canal is expected to help shape Japan’s post-3/11 energy policy. With all reactors offline after the shattering of the nuclear safety myth, imports of liquefied natural gas are growing so thermal power can offset the total ...

Mar 26, 2015

LNG export project kicks off in Maryland

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Cove Point, Maryland, on Wednesday for facilities related to a project to export liquefied natural gas to Japan. The project, which involves Sumitomo Corp., will see some 2.3 million tons of LNG shipped to Japan annually after the ...

Sep 11, 2014

U.S. officially approves LNG exports to Japan

The U.S. Department of Energy has given its final authorization on a project to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas to Japan and other countries, project manager Sempra Energy said Wednesday. With the participation of major trading houses Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp, ...

Mitsui O.S.K. to pioneer Arctic route for LNG

Jul 9, 2014

Mitsui O.S.K. to pioneer Arctic route for LNG

Officials from shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. announced Wednesday their company will begin transporting liquefied natural gas through the Arctic Ocean in 2018 — making it the first company in the world to tap the sea as a regular transit route. Using icebreakers ...

May 28, 2014

Lawmakers to push Abe on Russia gas link

Diet members are renewing the push for a ¥600 billion natural gas pipeline from Russia, which last week signed a supply deal with China, in a bid to cut energy costs after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. A group of 33 lawmakers is ...

First Papua gas heads for Japan

May 26, 2014

First Papua gas heads for Japan

The first cargo of liquefied natural gas from Papua New Guinea was headed for Japan on Monday, marking the first time LNG has been imported from the South Pacific nation as Japan deals with a nationwide atomic power shutdown. The first shipment, which will ...

May 16, 2014

First load of LNG from JV in PNG on way to Japan

Australian energy firm Santos said Friday that the first exports from its huge $19 billion gas project in Papua New Guinea will soon depart for Japan, four years after the joint venture was given the go-ahead. The massive project, operated by U.S. energy giant ...

Mar 5, 2014

Ukraine crisis worries firms tied to Russia

Companies with business ties to Russia are concerned about the crisis in Ukraine at a time when Japan has become more dependent on Russia, mainly in imports of natural resources such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas. Some energy-related firms and automakers have ...

Jan 2, 2014

Mitsubishi, Mitsui pull out of deal to buy Aussie LNG

Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co. have withdrawn from an agreement to buy liquefied natural gas from Woodside Petroleum Ltd.’s Browse venture in Australia after delays to the project. The Mitsui and Mitsubishi venture, Japan Australia LNG, won’t go ahead with the purchase of ...

Dec 27, 2013

Motegi prods Russian energy chief on LNG, seeks 'competitive price'

Japan urged Russia during a ministerial meeting Thursday to lower the price of liquefied natural gas. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi asked for “a competitive price” for LNG from Russia in a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, noting Japan is ...

Aussie LNG an energy lifeline — for now

Nov 29, 2013

Aussie LNG an energy lifeline — for now

by Eric Johnston

With its nuclear power plants mostly idled since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan continues its quest to increase imports of liquefied natural gas, especially from Australia. By volume, Australia was Japan’s largest LNG supplier in fiscal 2012, exporting 17.06 million tons, ...