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Hideo Ogawa President Japan Pipeline Development & Operation Inc.

     Japan Pipeline Development & Operation (JPDO) was founded in 1998 as a business venture to complete and put to commercial use a natural gas pipeline project from Sakhalin to Japan that had been underway since 1974. Since then, we have continued to make progress toward implementation of the project, overcoming various difficulties on both the Japanese and the Russian side with the support of the many domestic and international parties concerned.

     It has been expected that the direct transportation of natural gas by pipeline to users in Japan from Sakhalin in neighboring Russia, a country with abundant energy resource reserves, will greatly contribute to Japan’s energy security, providing a new source of clean and cost competitive energy that will not only benefit industry but improve the lives of the people in Japan.

     The project aims to insure for many years to come a stable supply of the energy essential for Japan and its people. Surveys and analyses conducted by experts both in and outside the country have confirmed the high economic feasibility of the project.

     The securing of a supply of natural gas from the source, the low-cost pipeline transportation and the number of gas consumers would ensure the economic viability of the project.

     Therefore, this international trunk pipeline directly linking Japan to gas fields in Sakhalin is the final key piece of infrastructure to be developed in Japan. As the network of supporters both inside and outside of Japan continues to grow, we, in conjunction with our Russian counterparts, are busy preparing the environment for the implementation of the project and drawing up the necessary plans to begin implementing the project as soon as possible.

     The great earthquake that hit east Japan on March 11, 2011 brought grave consequences for one nuclear power plant there, forcing us to fundamentally rethink our energy policy, in which nuclear power generation had been promoted. It is necessary to expand the use of natural gas to make up for the loss of nuclear power capacity, since it is the cleanest of all fossil fuels.

     In addition, in order to reconstruct the devastated Tohoku area, we are now required to create new key industries by giving priority to the area in developing key infrastructure including low-cost pipeline gas power plants to make up for the loss of the nuclear power plant, and to create vibrant local communities by revitalizing regional industry and economy as well as employment.

     We are now aiming to implement the Japan-Russia Natural Gas Pipeline Project that the longitudinal pipeline which lay from Sakhalin through Hokkaido to Tohoku and Kanto region as soon as possible. And we are also aiming to contribute to a number of national policies currently of vital importance to Japan including national land resilience, regional revitalization, economic growth, and Japan-Russia mutually-beneficial economic development. Specifically, making up for the loss of nuclear power generation, the recovery of the disaster areas, expanding renewable energy that currently ongoing policy, developing an extensive nationwide natural gas pipeline as well as a reduction of the sourcing cost for natural gas.

     On the occasion of this new historic turning point facing Japan, we will strive to build the full-scale project implementation system and implement the project as soon as possible, in order to develop and operate this vital new infrastructure as well as to create related industries, while seeking cooperation, with the aim of developing steadily as a new private utility service provider. We would appreciate your continued understanding and support.


Company Outline

Corporate Name
Japan Pipeline Development & Operation Inc. (JPDO)
1-5, Kita 4 Nishi 7 Chuo-ku Sapporo 060-0004 Japan
Phone: +81-11-272-6529 FAX: +81-11-272-6299 (outside of Japan)
December 8, 1998

Business Concept

Contribution to the trinity of national interest, local benefits and international benefits

(1) Basic Principles
● Contribution to the Japan-Russia mutually-beneficial economic development and peaceful coexistence in East Asia
~ Strengthening physical collaboration by the international pipeline network
● Contribution to the policy of national resilience
~ Key infrastructure development of the strong underground pipeline for serious disasters that frequently occur
● Contribution to the sustainable growth of the Japanese economy
~ Promotion of growth strategy by creating large-scale key infrastructure and large-scale key industries
● Contribution to the regional revitalization
~ Revitalization of the regional industrial economy and improvement of the local community lives by the development of the pipeline network and related projects
● Contribution to the energy system reform
~ Promotion of the fundamental reform of the energy system after the Fukushima nuclear accident
● Contribution to the global environmental conservation
~ Promote the spread of pipeline gas as the key energy that has a low environmental impact and low harmful emissions which buried underground

(2) Specific Principles
● Contribution to the promotion of the conclusion of the peace treaty that directly connected to Japan and Russia
● Contribution to the recovery of the disaster areas damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake
● Contribution to the development of an extensive nationwide natural gas pipeline
● Contribution to the reduction of nuclear power plants and securing alternate power sources
● Contribution to the expansion of renewable energy
● Contribution to the reduction of the cost of importing gas

Main Services

Japan-Russia Natural Gas Pipeline Project (Sakhalin-Hokkaido-Tohoku-Kanto) and related projects

● Pipeline gas transportation service
● Pipeline gas sales
● Pipeline gas power generation
● Pipeline gas related services (city gas, compressed gas, gas chemicals, hydrogen, cogeneration, support to renewable energy, etc.)
● Information and communications service by the use of optical fiber installed along the pipeline
● Various related businesses

Business Features

Development of the private key infrastructure system that have been remained in Japan

● Development of international joint project implementation system based on cooperation between Japan and Russia
● Construction of Japan’s first international natural gas pipeline
● Expansion of an extensive nationwide natural gas pipeline to cover eastern Japan
● Development of a system for cooperation with the electric power company to make up for the loss of nuclear power generation
● Establishment of a system for coordination with LNG to reduce procurement costs and to connect with receiving bases
● Development of a system for coordination with renewable energy and cogeneration
● Creation of employment and key industries by new key infrastructure

Shareholder Composition

Within a basic framework comprising the international fund, Japanese companies and Russian companies, related companies from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia are in the process of joining the project in the form of an international joint venture.


Hideo Ogawa, Representative Director and President