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From Japan to the US: Mitsui's Bold Move to Secure Energy Transition with Latest Gas Asset Acquisition
From Japan to the US: Mitsui's Bold Move to Secure Energy Transition with Latest Gas Asset Acquisition

From Japan to the US: Mitsui's Bold Move to Secure Energy Transition with Latest Gas Asset Acquisition

  • 21-Apr-2023 11:03 AM
  • Journalist: Francis Stokes

Japan: Mitsui & Co Ltd, a Japanese firm, has acquired a 92% stake in a non-traditional gas asset located in Texas. As part of its strategy to offer a practical solution for the energy transition, Mitsui plans to boost its gas business. The firm procured the stake from Silver Hill Eagle Ford E&P, the asset's operator, for an unspecified amount, with the goal of producing more than 200 million cubic feet of gas daily from the field. The field's strategic location provides access to liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals and Ammonia plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Mitsui has announced their commitment to supporting the transition towards renewable energy by promoting their global natural gas and LNG businesses. They believe that these resources will continue to play a crucial role in ensuring stable energy supply. The G7 nations have set ambitious targets for solar and offshore wind power and are accelerating the phase-out of fossil fuels. Furthermore, G7 energy and climate officials have acknowledged the potential for investments in the gas sector to address market shortfalls due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine if it aligns with climate goals.

Japan, which lacks sufficient energy reserves, plans to retain LNG as a transitional fuel for a period of 10 to 15 years. However, Germany and a few other G7 members are not in favour of new gas investments and emphasize the importance of prioritizing the development of renewable energy sources.

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