Liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering coalition SEA\LNG has welcomed two new Japanese members, namely shipping company “K” Line Group and oil and chemicals transportation and storage firm Uyeno Group.
“We expect long-term global demand for LNG to grow as a clean energy resource,” says Satoshi Kanamori, general manager of liquefied gas new business group, “K” Line.
“In addition to conventional LNG transport operation, our new division will also spearhead efforts to enter new business fields, such as floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) which can cope with the needs of emerging economies that require shorter lead times.
“Working with SEA\LNG, we hope to collaborate with organizations from across the LNG value chain to improve bunkering infrastructure and stimulate demand for LNG across the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond.”
Kazutoshi Takao, executive managing officer, Uyeno Group, believes membership with SEA\LNG to provide mutual benefits.
“As attitudes and regulations surrounding the marine and energy sectors transform with the times, Uyeno Group is diversifying its business offering into the clean energy business,” he notes.
“We have a sound reputation in the safe and efficient storage and transportation of gas and petrochemical products; we look forward to engaging with Japan’s growing LNG market and leveraging our decades of experience to further SEALNG’s global mission.”
Peter Keller, SEALNG chairman and executive vice president of TOTE, says the new additions will reinforce the mission of SEALNG.
“Collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case for LNG are essential to strengthening the increasing confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020,” he explains.
“Our members in Japan are doing important work, both in the region and across the world, which contributes significantly to helping us achieve our mission.”
In addition to “K” Line and Uyeno Group, the current Japanese members of SEALNG include Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), Marubeni, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., NYK Line, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation.
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Published: 2 March, 2018
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