Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI Minister Motegi Had a Meeting with Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia, Canada, and Signed a Memorandum
On December 2, 2013, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, had a meeting in Tokyo with the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, Canada, and signed a memorandum on energy cooperation and development.
Several LNG projects are currently under development in British Columbia, a western province of Canada. Canada is one of Japan’s most important partner countries in terms of advancing diversification of energy supply sources in order to secure a competitive and stable supply of LNG.
To import LNG from Canada, some issues, including the development of infrastructure, such as LNG terminals and pipelines, expeditious processing of permits and licensing, and LNG tax needs to be solved.
Policy dialogues with British Columbia are extremely important for Japan to solve such issues. In light of such recognition, Minister Motegi met with Premier Clark to exchange views on specific measures for LNG supply from Canada to Japan at competitive prices. At the same time, both sides signed a Memorandum on Energy Cooperation and Development between The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (“METI”) and The Government of the Province of British Columbia, Canada (“BC”), which mentions the establishment of an annual high-level meeting.
In response to the memorandum, on December 3, 2013, METI will hold the first high-level meeting with British Columbia and discuss policies in detail.
Signing ceremony of the memorandum
December 2, 2013
Division in Charge
Petroleum and Natural Gas Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy