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Gazprom cooperating with Japanese partners

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Tokyo hosted high level meetings with the top officials of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui), Mitsubishi Corporation, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

The participants of the meetings expressed their appreciation for the partnership between Gazprom and Japanese companies in the gas sector, focusing, inter alia, on liquefied natural gas (LNG) cooperation. It was noted that there was great potential for expanding collaboration between the companies. A number of bilateral documents were signed as part of the visit.

Alexey Miller and Satoshi Kusakabe, Commissioner of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, signed the Agreement of Cooperation. According to the document, the parties will coordinate efforts aimed at furthering research and development, production and investment partnership between Gazprom and Japanese companies.

Alexey Miller and Masami Iijima, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mitsui, signed the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation. The document envisages collaboration in various areas, including the Sakhalin II project expansion and LNG bunkering.

Alexey Miller and Ken Kobayashi, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation, inked the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation. The document stipulates the development of cooperation in the LNG sector, including joint efforts in adding the third train to the Sakhalin II LNG plant. The parties also voiced their intention to broaden their partnership in various business fields, including but not limited to the current LNG project.

Alexey Miller and Tadashi Maeda, CEO and Executive Managing Director of JBIC, signed the Memorandum of Understanding outlining the basic principles of cooperation in securing financing for Gazprom’s projects with the involvement of Japanese companies.

“Gazprom continues to successfully cooperate with companies from the Asia-Pacific region, the world’s fastest-growing gas market. As usual, Japanese companies are our main partners in the LNG sector. The documents signed today give a much broader dimension to our joint efforts on LNG and create ample opportunities for collaboration in other areas of the gas industry,” said Alexey Miller.

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