Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) announced the signing of a business cooperation agreement with Japanese Project Promotion Vehicle in the Far East LLC (JPPV) (*1).
JPPV is jointly established by Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Far East Investment and Export Agency (*2), the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund (*3) with the objectives of encouraging Japanese companies to launch business in Russia and promoting Japanese investment in Russia and the Far East. The agreement aims to draw upon JPPV’s expertise in order to smoothly establish LNG transhipment terminals in the Far East.
MOL and Marubeni have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) (*4) with PAO NOVATEK (NOVATEK) (*5), Russia’s largest independent gas production and sales company, for a joint feasibility study aimed at establishing an LNG transshipment and marketing complex off Kamchatka Peninsula, where Advanced Special Economic Zones (ASEZ) (*6) is located; this agreement in meaningful for the commercialization of the transshipment terminal.
Marubeni and MOL will contribute not only to the mutual relationship between Japan and Russia but to continued regional development in the Russian Far East.
(*1) Outline of JPPV
(*2) External organization established by Ministry of Far East Development in 2016;
works towards promoting investment in the Far East.
(*3) A fund established with investments from the State Corporation bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs in 2011, with the objective of promoting the Far East region.
(*4) For details, please refer to the November 28, 2017 press release:
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Marubeni and NOVATEK Sign a Memorandum of Understanding for an LNG Transshipment and Marketing Project in the Kamchatka Area
(*5) Company name: PAO NOVATEK
(*6) The Russian government established investment incentives targeting the Russia Far East region as an Advanced Special Economic Zones.
Press Release: mol.co.jp
Source: Maritime Shipping News