ITOCHU Announces Agreement on Vladivostok LNG Joint Study

April 26, 2011

Japan Far East Gas Co., Ltd., a company newly established by ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”), Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “JAPEX”), Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter “Marubeni”), INPEX Corporation (hereinafter “INPEX”) and ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “CIECO”) has signed an agreement (hereinafter “Agreement”) on the implementation of a joint study (Joint Study) for the natural gas utilization project in Vladivostok area with Russia’s state-own gas company Gazprom (hereinafter “Gazprom”). The agreement was signed on April 25, 2011 in Moscow, Russia.

The Joint Study consists of a Pre-FEED for the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with production capacity of 10 million tons per year, a preliminary feasibility study on the compressed natural gas (CNG) pilot project, and a preliminary study on gas-chemical complex project. The Joint Study is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (hereinafter “Agency”), ITOCHU, JAPEX and Gazprom implemented a preliminary feasibility study (Pre-FS) from May 2009 to July 2010. Following the result on the Pre-FS as well as discussions between related parties, an agreement was signed between the Agency and Gazprom in January 2011 on the framework and cooperation for the Joint Study. This Agreement was hereby signed on the details of the Joint Study in furtherance of the above-mentioned agreement between the Agency and Gazprom.

On March 19, 2011 at the meeting on the comprehensive development of the fuel and energy industry in Eastern Siberia and the Far East held in Sakhalin Oblast, Prime Minister Putin revealed his intentions to increase LNG supply to Japan and alluded to the construction of a new LNG plant in that area. This Joint Study and realization of its future potential projects are considered to be very important for Russia-Japan relations, as well as for the stable LNG supply to not only Japan but also to the Far East and other Asian countries, and will contribute to the diversification of Russia’s gas (LNG) export sources.

About Japan Far East Gas Co., Ltd.

Company name Japan Far East Gas Co., Ltd.
Representative Yoshio Matsukawa, President and CEO
Head office 5-1, Kita-Aoyama 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Shareholder composition ITOCHU (32.5%), JAPEX (32.5%), Marubeni (20%), INPEX (10%), CIECO (5%)
Date of establishment December 6, 2010
Capital 10 million yen


Gazprom is Russian state-own gas company, and the largest gas producer in the world. Its annual natural gas production in 2010 was 508.6 billion cubic meters, and its 2009 exports were 205.8 billion cubic meters.

On May 12, 2009, when Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited Japan, Gazprom, the Agency, ITOCHU and JAPEX signed a MOU regarding a Pre-FS for LNG and CNG projects in the Vladivostok area. The results of the Pre-FS were reported at the Fifth Joint Coordination Committee Meeting between the Agency and Gazprom in St. Petersburg in July 2010.