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Announcement of the Program and Speakers for LNG Producer-Consumer Conference -The Shale Revolution is Crossing the Pacific-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) will hold the third Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Producer-Consumer Conference on November 6, 2014, and hereby announce the detailed program and speakers of the conference.

1.Outline of the LNG-Producer-Consumer Conference

The circumstances surrounding LNG have changed dramatically in recent years especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is expected that LNG transactions will become increasingly more active and large-scale. The second conference last September, following the first conference in September 2012, had over 1,000 participants from 50 countries and economies including ministerial level representatives, and deepened discussions such as the challenges of the LNG market and ideas about what actions both producers and consumers need to take toward a more transparent and sustainable market.

Based on the change in and the importance of the appropriate development of the LNG market, LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2014 will be held in Tokyo. Conference participants from both LNG producers and consumers will share the latest trends in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market and discuss various issues and challenges with a view to ensuring a stable, transparent and flexible global LNG market.

2.Date, venue and other information

Thursday, November 6, 2014 (9:00a.m.-4:50p.m.)
The international convention center PAMIR,
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (Tokyo, Japan)
Conference style:
Presentation and panel discussion
Expected number of participants:
Expected participants (planned):
Ministerial level representatives from LNG producing and consuming countries
Heads of international organizations such as IEA and ERIA
Executives from gas producing companies, electric and gas utilities, gas traders,
banks, and other public and private companies
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC)
Website: Site Link


Opening, Keynote speech

Opening Address:

  • H. E. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Keynote Speech:

  • H. E. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar
  • The Honourable Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry, Australia
  • The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
  • H. E. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, India
  • H. E. Jaedo Moon, Vice Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea
  • H. E. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

10:10-11:40 Session1:
LNG supply outlook & Actions by producers

Leaders from producing countries will deliver special lectures. Global LNG market has been changing especially from supply side. A number of new gas projects have been emerging and suppliers are seeking opportunities to export to Asian and other countries. Also new types of businesses, such as LNG trading businesses, are coming into the market. Suppliers, new players as well as traditional players, will introduce their efforts to secure market and discuss challenges they face in project developments as well as how they will address consumers’ interests.

Keynote Speech:

  • Mr. Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy, United States of America
  • Mr. Rob Franklin, President, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company, ExxonMobil Corporation

Panel Discussion:

  • Mr. Roger Bounds, Global Head of Shell LNG, Shell Integrated Gas
  • Mr. Peter Coleman, CEO & Managing Director, Woodside Energy, Ltd.
  • Mr. Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
  • Mr. Mr. Joseph R. Balash, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Mr. Peter Hansen, CEO, Oregon LNG
  • Mr. Don Althoff, President and CEO, Veresen Inc.


  • Professor Jonathan Stern, Chairman, National Gas Research Programme and Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Q&A (30 minutes):

11:40-12:50 Session2:     
LNG demand outlook & Actions by consumers

Leaders from consuming countries will deliver special lectures. Energy consuming countries seeking for competitive energy sources expect that natural gas would be a stable and competitive solution, while they face challenges including security of supply, growing demand and appropriate pricing. LNG buyers and research institutes will present their views about the LNG market and major challenges, and concrete measures they are taking for the procurement of LNG.

Panel Discussion:

  • Professor. Jonathan Stern, Chairman, Natural Gas Research Programme and Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Mr. Naomi Hirose, President, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated.
  • Mr. Sheng-Chung Lin, Chairman, CPC Corporation
  • Mr. B. C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL Limited.
  • Mr. Dai Jiaquan, Director of Oil Market Department, CNPC Economic & Technology Research Institute


  • Mr. Ben McLannahan, Tokyo correspondent, Financial Times

Q&A (30 minutes):

14:20-15:40 Session3:          
New movement towards developing flexible LNG market and change in LNG trade

Global LNG trade is expanding rapidly and at an accelerated pace. The environment surrounding LNG has changed dramatically and has reached a turning point, especially in the Asia-Pacific region with unanticipated demand growth and the remarkable supply increase. Professionals will introduce new trade patterns, new business opportunities and new policies that will lead to further developing a flexible, transparent and sustainable LNG market.

Keynote Speech:

  • Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe, Governor, CEO, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Panel Discussion:

  • Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Commissioner, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Japan
  • Mr. Masakazu Toyoda, Chairman and CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
  • Mr. Akihisa Mizuno, President& Director, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Mateille, Vice President, Trading Total Gas & Power Limited
  • Mr. Dennis Hastert, Member of the Board of Directors, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Inc.
  • Mr. Tatsuya Terazawa, Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy, Japan


  • Ms. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Q&A (30 minutes):

15:40-16:40 Session4:
LNG technology developments

Professionals will introduce their latest technology developments and their ongoing projects including shale gas, FLNG, Methane hydrate, Northern Sea Route. Technology is one of the key factors to accelerate the growth of the global LNG market. Technology outlook, challenge and implication for development will be also discussed.

Panel Discussion:

  • Mr. Hirobumi Kawano, President, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
  • Mr. Michiaki Hirose, President, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd
  • Mr. Steve Hoyle, Vice President, LNG Marketing and Shipping, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Mr. Roger Bounds, Vice President, Global head LNG, Integrated Gas, Upstream International, Shell
  • Mr. Koichi Kawana, President and Representative Director, JGC Corporation
  • Mr. Koichi Muto, President, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.


  • Professor Ken Koyama, Managing Director, Chief Economist, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Q&A (30 minutes):

16:40-16:50 Closing

A senior official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, will summarize the discussions, refer to key findings and close the conference.

Release date

October 30, 2014

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Director-General's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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