Total's ice-class LNG tanker makes Arctic passage unaided

Aug 18, 2017

Total's ice-class LNG tanker makes Arctic passage unaided

A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas has made the passage from Europe to Asia via the Arctic unaided, a maritime course that has become possible due to global warming, energy firm Total said Thursday. It is "the first commercial vessel to travel alone the Northern ...

Japan, EU ink cooperation pact to remove LNG resale restrictions

Jul 12, 2017

Japan, EU ink cooperation pact to remove LNG resale restrictions

Japan and the European Union exchanged a memorandum of understanding Tuesday on their cooperation to remove terms that restrict the resale of liquefied natural gas from LNG import contracts. The cooperation deal, also aimed at making the LNG market transparent, was signed in Brussels by ...

Jul 4, 2017

Trump to pitch U.S. LNG exports in Russia's backyard

President Donald Trump will use fast-growing supplies of U.S. natural gas as a political tool when he meets in Warsaw on Thursday with leaders of a dozen countries that are captive to Russia for their energy needs. In recent years, Moscow has cut off gas ...

Japanese firms watching warily as Qatar crisis unfolds

Jun 11, 2017

Japanese firms watching warily as Qatar crisis unfolds

Japanese companies have grown wary about possible adverse effects from the Saudi-Qatar crisis on their businesses. Some companies have started considering how to cope with the heightened tensions between the Saudi Arabian camp and Qatar, both major energy exporters to Japan, people familiar with the ...

Japan said to ink deal to promote U.S. LNG in Asia

Jun 2, 2017

Japan said to ink deal to promote U.S. LNG in Asia

Japan plans to sign an agreement to promote American liquefied natural gas exports during U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's visit to Tokyo, which started this week, according to people familiar with the plans. The agreement covers Japan developing markets in Asia to sell LNG sourced ...

Apr 10, 2017

Japan to conduct second test to produce gas from methane hydrate

The trade ministry said Monday it has begun preparations for a second production test to extract methane gas from methane hydrate deposits off Japan's central coast. The test is the first since Japan achieved the world's first extraction of gas in 2013 from offshore deposits ...

Mar 28, 2017

Gastech conference to kick off in Chiba next week

Gastech, the world's largest gas and liquefied natural gas conference and exhibition, will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from April 4 to 7. Ten Japanese energy companies and trading houses formed a consortium to host Gastech Japan 2017 in the first such ...