“Alaska and Japan have a business partnership that dates back more than fifty years with Nikiski’s first LNG export to Japan,” Governor Mike Dunleavy said after returning from a trade mission to Japan on Friday.
“Natural gas from Cook Inlet literally turned on the lights in the cities of Japan and fueled the economic engine that made this country’s post-war society an immensely powerful Western ally,” he said. “There appears to be, due to the worldwide abandonment of older fuel sources and the concurrent need for supplies that are not threatened due to political instability, a role that natural gas from the l Alaska could play in. Alaska can supply Japan with fifty more quantities of natural gas and clean hydrogen for decades to come.
Dunleavy returned after meeting with Japanese companies, utilities, and government departments about Alaska’s natural gas supply while evaluating the state’s potential to export various new fuel sources. The Japanese are keen on doing business with stable entities, and with great political instability in the east of the country, in China, Russia and Eastern Europe, the country may be interested in locking in long-term contracts. .
The meeting comes at a time when Japan is pivoting toward an energy transition that Alaska can supply in decades to come, including blue and green hydrogen, at a time of great geopolitical instability around the world.
Dunleavy’s trip followed the governor’s first-ever Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference, which showcased the many ways Alaska can produce diverse sources of fuel for the state and the world. Governor First Lady Rose Dunleavy and members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation made the trip, which was Dunleavy’s second trip to Japan.
Over four days, Governor Dunleavy and the Alaska delegation met with representatives from the Japan Energy Resources Agency (JERA), Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), as well as Tokyo Gas and TOYO Engineering. Meetings were also held with Mitsubishi Corporation, Chiyoda Corporation, as well as INPEX and OSK Lines.