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Japan reminds LNG suppliers coal is an option


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While boosting imports of liquefied natural gas and oil to cover the loss of nuclear power, Japan has turned in a substantial way to an old standby in the power generation business — coal.

"Coal is becoming the big potential alternate resource," Shinji Fujino, an official at the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp., told a room full of Canadian LNG supporters Sept. 19 in Calgary.

Conference attendees also heard that Japan is eager for Canada and other new LNG exporters to enter the market. Diversification of suppliers is a "most important strategy," said an executive with Tokyo Gas.

Meanwhile, the energy industry waits for the British Columbia government to unveil its proposed new tax on LNG exports, expected later this year.

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