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LNG Satellite System

JAPEX has been operating an LNG Satellite System in Japan to supply LNG, which is produced by cooling natural gas to the extremely low temperature of minus 162 degrees Celsius, for meeting demands of natural gas in regions not served by gas pipeline networks.

Since 1984, JAPEX has been conducting LNG satellite system by tank trucks to supply imported LNG received at an LNG receiving terminal to our customers mainly the Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) in the Honshu area. From 2000, we have been supplying LNG to wider area customers by the transportation of LNG tank container via railways which was developed by JAPEX.

Transportation via Tank Trucks and Railways

Transportation of LNG tank container on rail

Transportation of LNG tank container is a breakthrough solution developed by JAPEX. This is an environmentally friendly solution which would be lower CO2 emission compared to transportation by tank trucks.

Based on our experiences and insights, JAPEX may provide consultancy services for transportation of LNG tank container on rail to those who are interested in utilizing the solution. Please feel free to contact us at: lng.on.rail@japex.co.jp for any questions / inquiries.

LNG Bunkering System

“LNG Bunkering” is a system of supplying LNG as marine fuel directly to the LNG-fueled vessels. There are several methods of bunkering depending on the vessel size and/or sailing distance and it is necessary to select the most suitable way considering compatibility between supply side and demand side.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to tighten the regulatory limit of sulfur content of marine fuel in the general sea area after January 2020, and adopted an Initial IMO Strategy which regulate the reduction of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from the international shipping transportation with its targeted objectives and specific countermeasures. In order to response with these trends, the considerations to adopt LNG fueled vessels as well as the implementation of LNG bunkering have been accelerating all over the world including Japan.

In the winter season of 2011 and 2012, JAPEX carried out the Ship-to-Ship (STS) LNG transfer operations in Tomakomai port, from an ocean-going LNG vessel to a feeder LNG vessel, in order to respond the peak demands from local gas distributors in Hokkaido.

JAPEX is aiming for the early realization of LNG bunkering in Japan and overseas by using our resources, including price competitive LNG, the technical expertise and facilities of LNG supply, and contribute to the reduction of environmental footprint.

LNG Bunkering System

LNG Bunkering System