A meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Yoshihiro Shigehisa, Chairman Emeritus of JGC Group took place today as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2013.

The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation in the gas sector, particularly focusing on the Vladivostok-LNG project.

The meeting noted that the JGC group’s experience and state-of-art-technologies could be used during the LNG plant construction near Vladivostok.

Background

JGC Corporation (‘Nikki’) is one of Japan’s leading engineering companies which specialises in building oil refineries as well as gas processing and LNG plants.

Gazprom is targeted to accelerate the implementation of new LNG projects so as to retain or boost the company’s share in the global gas market.

On January 11, 2011 Gazprom and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) under the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry signed the Agreement of Cooperation envisaging the preparation of a joint feasibility study on the options for natural gas utilisation near Vladivostok as well as for natural gas and gas chemicals transportation from the Vladivostok region and their sales to potential customers in Asia-Pacific.

The agreement also contains the details of the LNG plant construction near Vladivostok.

In 2011 Gazprom together with ANRE as well as Japan Far East Gas Company conducted a preliminary feasibility study on the LNG plant project near Vladivostok.

On June 24, 2012 the Russian Energy Ministry and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry signed the Memorandum of Understanding confirming the intent of the countries’ governments to provide the necessary assistance to the Vladivostok-LNG project.

On September 8, 2012 Gazprom and ANRE signed the Memorandum on the Vladivostok-LNG project. The document stipulates boosting the comprehensive cooperation in order to promote the project, including in the financing and gas marketing areas.

In March 2012 Gazprom adopted the decision to develop the Investment Rationale for the project. In February 2013 Gazprom took the final investment decision on the Vladivostok-LNG project. In March 2013 the Action Plan for constructing the LNG plant was approved together with the Plan for establishing the project’s resource base.