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Japan aims to keep stakes in Russia’s Sakhalin-2 LNG

Japan plans to maintain its stakes in the Sakhalin-2 natural gas project in Russia’s far east, the Nikkei Asia reported, after President Vladimir Putin signed a decree transferring rights to a new Russian company just over two weeks ago.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Storegga partner Mitsui teams up with Petronas for Malaysia CCS

Malaysian national oil company Petronas has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Mitsui for the conceptual and feasibility studies on the carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain, including the evaluation of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites in Malaysia. Significantly, Mitsui is a shareholder in UK-based carbon management business Storegga, that is developing the Acorn CCS project.

Oil & Gas

Japan weighs financial support to boost U.S. LNG exports

Japan will consider providing financial support to boost production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the U.S., reported financial publication Nikkei Asia, as Tokyo aims to lower its energy dependence on Russia following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.


Australia pledges $50m for two CCS hubs

The Australian government has pledged A$67 million (US$49.7 million) of funding to help development of two carbon capture and storage (CCS) hubs – one led by Woodside and the other by Mitsui E&P. The funding will also be used to support the appraisal of a third potential storage site in Western Australia.


Bangladesh seeks contractor to build first onshore LNG terminal

The government of Bangladesh has shortlisted eight potential global companies, including ExxonMobil and TotalEnergies, as well as various Japanese players, to build the South Asian nation’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. Significantly, the proposed 7.5 million tonne per year (t/y) LNG processing facility would double Bangladesh’s import capacity.


PTTEP has ‘no clarity’ on clash with Chevron for access to Erawan

Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) said yesterday that there is still “no clarity” around access to the Chevron-operated Erawan gas field off Thailand ahead of a transition next year. PTTEP wants access before next April’s handover to ensure a smooth transition and stem a production decline at the field, which is key to Thai energy security.