LNG's role in post-Fukushima Japanese energy policy

Tomoko Hosoe FACTS Global Energy Honolulu As a result of the disruption in nuclear power operations since Mar. 11, 2011, Japan's demand for LNG as well as low-sulfur fuel oil and crude oil for power generation increased significantly. Japan's total LNG imports increased by 12% to 78.5 million tonnes/year (tpy) in 2011 and will likely be higher this year as the country continues to face an unprecedented nuclear crisis. The country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will emphasize the increasing role of LNG in a new national energy policy that will be announced by July 2012. Power sector's demand jumps LNG consumption by Japan's power sector increased by 20% in 2011 as the del...

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