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Japanese MPs lobbying for the construction of a gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Hokkaido - Newspaper
A group of 33 members of the Japanese parliament supported the project to build a gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Hokkaido. They intend to appeal to Prime Minister Shinzo Aba to include the project on the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin's official visit to Japan to Japan this fall. This is reported by the Vladivostok newspaper "Golden Horn".
“We are talking about a 1350 km long pipeline with a throughput capacity of 20 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which corresponds to about 15 million tons of LNG,” the newspaper writes. The cost of the project is estimated at $ 5,9 billion. The main source of gas for this pipe may be gas from the Sakhalin-3 project.
According to experts, this is the reaction of Japanese politicians to the large gas contract recently signed by Russia and China. Japanese politicians are confident that such a deal will be beneficial to both the Russian and Japanese sides. Russia will expand its sales markets and stop depending 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 for several years and has been presented several times at thematic international conferences."