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METI Minister Seko Visits Australia

November 19, 2018

From November 15 (Thur.) to 17 (Sat.), 2018, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Australia. He visited an onshore gas liquefaction plant of the Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and exchanged memorandum of understanding (MOU) with H.E. Mr. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, on the projects for infrastructures and green growth in the Indo-Pacific region.

(1) Visiting the onshore facilities of the Ichthys LNG project

Minister Seko, Minister Birmingham and Minister Canavan visited an onshore gas liquefaction plant of the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, the Northern Territory. The project is the first large-scale LNG project led by a Japanese company. Minister Seko confirmed the importance of the project for Japan-Australia energy cooperation and stable supply of energy to Japan.

(2) Meeting with Minister Canavan

Minister Seko held a bilateral meeting with Minister Canavan. Both sides confirmed the further promotion of Japan-Australia cooperation in the fields of LNG and hydrogen, and agreed to specify cooperation efforts in the fields including development of energy infrastructure in third countries.

(3) Exchanging an MOU with Minister Birmingham

Minister Seko and Minister Birmingham exchanged an MOU concerning an infrastructure project and green growth project in the Indo-Pacific region between the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic).

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