MOSCOW, 30 Sep — PRIME. The Japanese company Tohoku Electric has signed an agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) Sakhalin-2, Kyodo reports.
On August 3, the Russian government decided to create a new Sakhalin-2 operator represented by Sakhalin Energy LLC with registration in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The new operator was created on August 5 with a 50% stake in Gazprom Sakhalin Holding. The authorities allowed the Japanese companies Mitsui and Mitsubishi to transfer their shares in the project (12.5% and 10%, respectively). Shell, which accounted for the remaining 27.5%, has already said it will not participate in the new operator.
The contract was signed on September 28, it became known on Friday. The agreement with the former operator, Sakhalin Energy, was valid until 2029 and covered the supply of 420,000 tons per year, according to the publication. There are no changes in the new contract.
Earlier, similar contracts with Sakhalin Energy were signed by JERA, a joint venture of energy companies Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TERCO) and Chubu Electric Power Co., as well as Kyushu Electric Power Company, Hiroshima Gas and Tokyo Gas.
Sakhalin-2 is an oil and gas project that develops two oil and gas fields in the northeast of the Sakhalin shelf – Piltun-Astokhskoye (mainly oil) and Lunskoye (mainly gas). Its infrastructure includes, in particular, a gas liquefaction plant with a design capacity of 9.6 million tons per year. This production gives Japan about 9% of all LNG it imports. The country’s government has repeatedly emphasized the importance of Sakhalin-2 for ensuring stable gas supplies to Japan at reasonable prices.