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Japan, EU commission sign MoU on making liquid, flexible LNG market

JAKARTA ( – The Japanese Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko and Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Promoting and Establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Transparent Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market.

Japan and the European Union account for nearly half of all worldwide LNG imports.

From the viewpoint of establishing energy security and securing competitiveness, the European Commission released the EU Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas Storage in 2016. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) also released its Strategy for LNG Market Development in 2016, to secure stable and inexpensive energy supply through the establishment of a highly liquid LNG market.

“Strengthening Japan-EU cooperation is expected to promote the establishment of a highly flexible and liquid global LNG market,” METI said in a statement.

Under the MOC, Japan and the EU will aim to conduct joint activities to establish a highly liquid, flexible and transparent LNG market in a manner open to all LNG consumers and producers.
To this end, they will share knowledge to improve the functioning of the global LNG market and conduct initiatives for raising public awareness of best practices. Specifically, the MOC covers the following fields:
1. Accelerating efforts in facilitating more flexible LNG sales contracts
2. Conveying highly transparent price indices
3. Strengthening Japan-EU collaboration in the field of energy at international conventions or international organizations, in particular, concerning actions for emergency response in supply disruptions,

“Through these efforts, Japan will strive to secure highly competitive LNG supply and improve robustness of international LNG markets and Japan’s emergency response,” it said. (*)

Edited by Roffie Kurniawan

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