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Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada addressing the meeting in Tokyo.
DOHA: H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman & Managing Director, Qatar Petroleum, Chairman of Qatargas, addressed an elite audience of dignitaries and senior executives at the annual Qatargas reception on Monday in Tokyo.
The event was attended by H E Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman, Administrative Control & Transparency Authority, Chairman of Qatar-Japan Joint Economic Committee and Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas. A number of Arab ambassadors to Japan and top executives representing Qatargas’ Japanese customers and shareholders, in addition to a high level delegation from Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum and its affiliates were present.
Highlighting the strong and lasting partnership between Qatar and Japan in the LNG trade, Dr Al Sada said: “We in Qatar are very proud of the very reliable LNG exports to Japan over the past 15 years which has allowed us to effectively participate in the security of energy supply to our valued Japanese customers. The LNG trade remains the backbone of our relations with Japan in the energy sector, not only in terms of value but also in terms of significance since Japan was the founding importer of LNG from Qatar which is by far the largest exporter of the product in the world today.”
“We have successfully delivered more than 1600 cargoes to our Japanese customers. Today our excellent relationship is a testament to our commitment where we continue to demonstrate flexibility and reliability to deliver LNG to wherever it is needed.” he said.
Khalid bin Khalifa said: “Japan, its people and our customers are very important to us and Qatargas is doing all we can to support Japan’s requirement for stable supplies of energy, especially in the aftermath of the earthquake and resulting tsunami which struck Japan in March 2011. We have committed to deliver an additional 20 million tonnes (MTA) of LNG to Japan over a period of several years to support Japan’s increased energy requirements.”