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U.S. shale gas arrives in Japan

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A shipment of liquefied natural gas derived from U.S. shale arrived in Japan for the first time on Friday.

A tanker carrying 70,000 tons of shale-based LNG arrived at a thermal power plant in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, run by Chubu Electric Power Co.

The gas was loaded in Louisiana on Dec. 7 and transported to Japan via the Panama Canal, according to importer Jera Co., a Japanese thermal power and fuel firm set up jointly by Chubu Electric and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

Japan’s imports of LNG as fuel for thermal power generation increased sharply due to the suspension of nuclear power plants following the 2011 meltdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The diversification of LNG sources through shale gas imports is expected to ensure stable energy supply in Japan.

Jera plans to import up to 700,000 tons of U.S. LNG by January 2018.

Tokyo Gas Co. also plans to start imports of U.S. shale gas in the fiscal second half beginning in October.Speech

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