A shipment of liquefied natural gas derived from the U.S. has arrived in Japan for the first time.
The tanker that was carrying 70,000 tons of shale-based LNG arrived at a Chubu Electric Power Co. thermal power plant in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture.
The gas was loaded in Louisiana on Dec. 7 and transported to Japan via the Panama Canal, according to importer Jera Co., a Japanese thermal power and fuel firm set up jointly by Chubu Electric and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.
Japan has sharply increased its LNG imports as thermal power generation continues to rise.
Jera has announced it was import up to 700,000 tons of U.S. LNG by January 2018.
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