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The Japanese want to build a gas pipeline from Vladivostok to the coast of Niigata
Deputies of the legislative assembly of the Japanese prefecture Niigata proposed to consider the construction project to its coast of a gas pipeline from Vladivostok on the bottom of the Sea of Japan. They have already officially sent relevant appeals to the Ministry of Finance and the Energy and Natural Resources Department, TASS reported.
- Our association includes 33 deputies representing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, - reports TASS the words of the head of the association in the Legislative Assembly "Union of Deputies for the Development of the Sea of Japan" Susumu Ishii. - We are working on a project to build a gas pipeline from Russia on the bottom of the Sea of Japan and believe that this idea is technically feasible. From the Vladivostok region, where the gas pipeline has already been connected, to the coast of Niigata is about 840 km. In the deepest places, the pipe will have to be laid along the seabed at a depth of about 3,5 thousand meters. This is technically possible: there are special vessels that can carry out such work. Reliable pipes have also been developed that are suitable for creating such a route.
According to the calculations of the deputies, the construction of the Vladivostok-Niigata gas pipeline will cost 300-500 billion yen (about 2,5-4,5 billion dollars). In addition, gas through the pipeline, they believe, will be cheaper than liquefied natural gas (LNG), which Japan now buys.
Deputy Susumu Ishii stressed that the most extensive system of gas pipelines in Japan has been created in Niigata Prefecture.
Tass notes that the idea of building a gas pipeline from Russia to Japan at the expert level has been rising for many years, but has never reached the level of practical negotiations. Energy Minister Alexander Novak said at the end of October that the project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to Japan was economically unjustified.