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Jera Launching Hydrogen Pilot in Japan to Displace LNG in Power Generation

Jera Launching Hydrogen Pilot in Japan to Displace LNG in Power Generation

Jera Co. Inc., Japan’s largest power company, said Thursday it plans to launch a pilot project backed by the government that could help displace 30% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) used to generate electricity, with hydrogen planned at a select power plant.  The government grant would help fund the switch to hydrogen for a…

August 26, 2021
Japan’s Draft Energy Plan Could Squeeze LNG Importers, but U.S. Suppliers ‘Still in the Game’ — LNG Spotlight

Japan’s Draft Energy Plan Could Squeeze LNG Importers, but U.S. Suppliers ‘Still in the Game’ — LNG Spotlight

Japan’s latest efforts to decarbonize could leave the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector in the lurch as the nation looks to further reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix by 2030. A draft plan unveiled by the government last month would see the nation reduce the share of fossil fuels in its…

August 11, 2021
Chevron Inks Another Deal to Supply LNG in Asia

Chevron Inks Another Deal to Supply LNG in Asia

Chevron Corp. said Wednesday that it has signed a binding sales and purchase agreement (SPA) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to a utility in Hokkaido, Japan, beginning in 2022. Under the deal, affiliate Chevron U.S.A. Inc. would provide 500,000 tons of LNG from 2022 to 2026 to Hokkaido Gas Co. Ltd. With harsh winters,…

April 7, 2021
Japanese Alliance Formed to Buy, Promote Carbon-Neutral LNG

Japanese Alliance Formed to Buy, Promote Carbon-Neutral LNG

Utility Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. has joined forces with 14 other Japanese city gas end-users to form an alliance dedicated to buying and promoting carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The Carbon Neutral LNG Buyers Alliance plans to promote awareness for decarbonized cargoes, which, unlike traditional shipments, offsets emissions with credit purchases that fund worldwide environmental…

March 10, 2021
CME to Launch Asian LNG Futures Contracts Aimed at Japanese Power Producers

CME to Launch Asian LNG Futures Contracts Aimed at Japanese Power Producers

CME Group said late Wednesday it plans to launch two Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) futures contracts and four Japanese electricity futures contracts in February. While the electricity contracts would expand CME’s suite of global power futures and options, the two LNG contracts could provide Japanese power producers another tool to manage price risk, the…

January 7, 2021
Japanese, Chinese Carbon-Neutral Plans May Impact U.S. LNG Industry

Japanese, Chinese Carbon-Neutral Plans May Impact U.S. LNG Industry

Recent announcements by the leaders of China and Japan to achieve carbon neutrality in the coming decades could initially increase demand for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), but that demand could be reduced as early as 2030, analysts said. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday said the country would aim to become a “carbon-neutral,…

October 29, 2020
Berkshire Hathaway Ups Oil, Natural Gas Holdings with $6B Investment in Japanese Trading Houses

Berkshire Hathaway Ups Oil, Natural Gas Holdings with $6B Investment in Japanese Trading Houses

An affiliate of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Monday that it has taken stakes in five of Japan’s biggest trading companies, which have significant oil and natural gas holdings worldwide.  Subsidiary National Indemnity Company has acquired more than 5% of the outstanding shares of Itochu Corp., Marubeni Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co. and…

August 31, 2020
LNG 101: Exploring the Curious Case of Oil-Indexed LNG Contracts

LNG 101: Exploring the Curious Case of Oil-Indexed LNG Contracts

The notion of linking natural gas to crude oil is a funny one for the uninitiated in North America, where an abundance of supplies and a robust wholesale market reign. However, nearly three-quarters of all the world’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade is tied to oil prices.

May 27, 2020
U.S. Natural Gas Trade, Including LNG Exports, Easily Eclipses Fading Canada Imports

U.S. Natural Gas Trade, Including LNG Exports, Easily Eclipses Fading Canada Imports

The leading role of the United States in North American natural gas exports grew while the former continental champion, Canada, faded in 2019, according to the latest trade scorecard by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

May 5, 2020
LNG Recap: Busy Stretch for U.S. Export Development as Global Outlook Remains Weak

LNG Recap: Busy Stretch for U.S. Export Development as Global Outlook Remains Weak

U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports bounced back during the week ending Feb. 26 as 18 vessels departed carrying 69 Bcf, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).*

March 3, 2020
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