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Japanese MPs Lobbying Gas Pipeline Project from Sakhalin to Hokkaido - Newspaper - EastRussia | Far East






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Japanese MPs lobbying for the construction of a gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Hokkaido - Newspaper

A group of 33 deputies from the Japanese parliament supported a project to build a gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Hokkaido. They intend to appeal to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to include the project on the agenda of the official visit of President Vladimir Putin to Japan scheduled for the autumn. About this reports Vladivostok newspaper "Golden Horn".

"This is a pipeline with a length of 1350 km with a capacity of 20 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which corresponds to approximately 15 million tons of LNG," writes the publication. The project cost is estimated at $ 5,9 billion. The Sakhalin-3 project gas may become the main source of gas for this pipe.

According to experts, this is a reaction of Japanese politicians to a major gas contract recently signed by Russia and China. Japanese politicians are confident that such a deal will be beneficial for both the Russian and the Japanese side. Russia will expand sales markets and will cease to depend on Europe, which, in turn, is trying to reduce its dependence on gas supplies from the Russian Federation. Japan, in turn, will receive cheaper than liquefied pipeline gas. At the same time, the newspaper notes that this project “has existed not for the first year and has repeatedly presented itself at topical international conferences”.