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Japanese companies back low-emission innovations

With gas still a major component of Japan’s energy mix, three suppliers are looking at new ways of managing their carbon footprint as the race to a low-carbon future gathers pace With gas still a major component of Japan’s energy mix, three suppliers are looking at new ways of managing their carbon footprint as the race to a low-carbon future gathers pace.
By Sally Bogle 24 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand 0 34335
The Koshijihara gas plant at Japan's Minami-Nagaoka gas field. (Triglav)

A spate of announcements this month indicate that some of Japan’s gas companies are exploring new LNG technologies and trading practices to help reduce their emissions profiles and decarbonise the country’s energy mix.

On 18 June, Japanese oil group Inpex signalled it would start synthesising methane from carbon dioxide and hydrogen from August 2019. Using CO2 captured from gas production at its Minami-Nagaoka gas field in Nagaoka, Inpex is targeting initial methane production of 50 tpa. This would rise to 2,500 tpa by 2021 and 350,000...