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RI ready to add LNG supply to Japan

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 15 2011   /  10:00 am

Indonesia is ready to provide additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan to meet the expected surge in gas use following the shutdown of the country’s several nuclear power plants.

BPMigas spokesman Gde Pradnyana said on Monday that Japan might turn to Indonesia to meet the surge in the country’s gas needs to generate electricity to compensate for the decline in the power supply from nuclear reactors.

He said that 20 cargoes of LNG from the Bontang Plant in East Kalimantan were still available for sale. At present, Japan is one of the main buyers of LNG produced at the Bontang Plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Corp. and other Japanese utilities may increase outputs of gas, oil and coal-fired power plants to replace production from the 11 nuclear reactors closed last week following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit on Friday. About 30 percent of Japan’s power...