Governor Dunleavy wraps up trade mission to Japan

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(Photo courtesy of Governor Dunleavy)

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy wrapped up a trade mission to Japan on Friday.

The Governor met 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.

Governor Dunleavy’s meeting comes at a time when Japan is moving toward an energy transition that Alaska can supply in decades to come, including blue and green hydrogen, at a time of great geopolitical instability.

“Alaska and Japan have a commercial partnership that dates back more than fifty years with Nikiski’s first LNG export to Japan,” Governor Dunleavy said. “Natural gas from Cook Inlet literally lit the lights in the cities of Japan and fueled the economic engine that made this country’s post-war society a critically powerful Western ally. There seems to be, due to the worldwide shift away from older fuel sources, and the concurrent need for supplies that are not threatened due to political instability, a role that Alaskan natural gas could play. Alaska can supply Japan with another 50 natural gas and clean hydrogen for decades to come.

Governor Dunleavy’s trip followed Alaska’s inaugural Sustainable Energy Conference, which showcased the myriad ways the state can produce diverse fuel sources for the state and the world, in an environmentally friendly manner. the environment. The governor made the trip with the First Lady, Rose Dunleavy, and members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, marked the governor’s second overseas trip during his administration; The Governor’s premiere was also in Japan in 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of Nikiski’s first LNG shipment to Tokyo.

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.

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