|13th Roundtable Meeting
|International Gas Union LNG Committee meeting held in Osaka
The LNG Committee (committee chair: Shuzo Maeda of Osaka Gas), one of 11 committees operating according to the International Gas Union's 2015-2018 American Triennium that began this June, held its first meeting of this term in Osaka from September 15 to September 18, with 41 participants from 13 countries around the world.
Each IGU committee conducts surveys and research on certain themes and reports its findings at the World Gas Conference held every three years. This term, the LNG committee has established three subcommittees to conduct surveys and research into LNG-related sectors ranging from marketing to engineering. The subcommittee themes are 1) FLNG Concepts (LNG FPSO & FSRU), Facts and Differentiators, 2) Competitiveness (Liquidity) of LNG in the Energy Market and 3) Enhancing LNG Facility Functionality. The Osaka meeting confirmed that the members of each subcommittee had a shared understanding of the issues, and work schedules and individual sector responsibilities were hammered out with much enthusiasm.
This committee is also responsible for editing and publishing the IGU World LNG Report. This report is issued annually and referenced widely from various quarters. The 2016 edition is scheduled to be issued at LNG18 next April in Perth, Australia.
After the meeting the members got to know one another better through technical tours of Osaka Gas' Himeji LNG Terminal.
The next meeting is scheduled to be held in March 2016 in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, in the U.S.
|Operation Results of City Gas Cogeneration Systems for FY2014 (Total Installed Capacity)
The Japan Gas Association has compiled a report on the operational results of city gas cogeneration systems for FY2014 based on a survey of 206 city gas utilities nationwide.
The total installed capacity of cogeneration systems (excluding steam turbines) using city gas as of the end of FY2014 (end of March 2015) was 5,046 MW, a 134MW (2.7%) increase from FY2013. The total installed base was 230,736 units, up 39,632 systems (20.7%). Of these, the total installed base for commercial and industrial use was 7,194 units, up 273 units (3.8 %) from FY2013, and 223,542 units for residential use (gas engine and fuel cell systems), up 39,632 units (20.7%).
The JGA and Japan's city gas industry will continue to promote city gas cogeneration systems, which are a distributed energy system with outstanding environmental and energy properties.
City Gas Sales in the First Half of FY 2015(April to September)
Total gas sales by general gas utilities (206 utilities nationwide) in the first half of FY2015 totaled 16,927 million m3 (41.8605 MJ/m3 equivalent), a 0.8% decrease from the same period a year before.
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