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SPF Report: International Conference on Energy Cooperation between Russia and Japan

November 12, 2015

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) held the "International Conference on Energy Cooperation between Russia and Japan" on November 6th in Tokyo as part of the "Development of a strategy for sustainable use of the Northern Sea Route" project, which is supported by the Nippon Foundation.

In the conference, which focused on energy development in the Arctic and coastal areas of Russia and on the NSR as a sea-lane for energy resource transport, SPF invited key persons and experts from leading energy companies and research institutes, including Mr. Igor Sechin, President of Rosneft, the largest oil company in Russia. From the Japan side, Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and other public and private sector experts were in attendance.

After keynote speeches from Mr. Sechin and Mr. Ueda, panelists discussed possible future collaboration in energy development in a discussion session moderated by Mr. Ichiyo Ishikawa, NHK Executive Commentator. In the afternoon, invited experts made presentations and participated in three panel sessions, "Arctic Sea-lane-Northern Sea Route-", "Pipeline & LNG", and "Power Grid and Others." The presentations and discussions were encouraging from the perspective of future new developments concerning both countries. The number of applications exceeded the venue's capacity, reflecting the high interest among Japanese participants for this theme.

President Igor Sechin

Mr. Igor Sechin, President of Rosneft

TakayukiUeda.JPG

Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI


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Please see below for the conference program, presentation materials of panelists and the keynote speech of Mr. Igor Sechin.



International Conference on Energy Cooperation between Russia and Japan

Organized by:

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Date:

November 6th, 2015, 10:00-17:30

Venue:

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Building 11th Fl.
1-15-16, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Number of participants:

300 people

Program


International Conference on Energy Cooperation between Russia and Japan

10:00-10:10

Opening Remarks
Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

10:10-10:25

Keynote Speech
Mr. Igor Sechin, President, Rosneft

10:25-10:40

Keynote Speech
Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

10:40-12:10

Panel Discussion
Moderator
Mr. Ichiyo Ishikawa, Executive Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
Panelists
  • Mr. Igor Sechin, President, Rosneft
  • Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI
  • Mr. Tadashi Maeda, Senior Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Mr. Shigeru Muraki, Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Co., LTD.
  • Mr. Hiroshi Meguro, Chief Representative of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in CIS
    General Director of Mitsui & Co. Moscow LLC
  • Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

12:10-13:10

Break

13:10-14:25

Panel 1 "Arctic Sea-lane - Northern Sea Route-"
Moderator
Dr. Hiromitsu Kitagawa, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) Panelists
  • Mr. Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of Management Board - Director, Novatek
    • Presentation
    • Mr. Michael Borrell, Senior Vice President Continental Europe and Central Asia, Total
    • Dr. Hiroyuki Goda, Manager, Government and Industrial Affairs Group, Management Planning Headquarters, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki-Kaisha Ltd. (NYK Line)
    • Mr. Nobuo Kikuta, Sponsor, Yamal LNG Project, JGC Corporation

14:25-15:40

Panel 2 "Pipeline & LNG"
Moderator
Dr. Ken Koyama, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Strategy Research Unit, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEE)
Panelists
      • Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil & Gas Department, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (ERI RAS)
      • Mr. Yuki Sadamitsu, Director, Petroleum and Natural Gas Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI
      • Mr. Nobuaki Aoyama, Chairman, Natural Gas Infrastructure Development & Utilization Committee, Japan Project-Industry Council (JAPIC)
      • Mr. Shigeru Muraki, Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Co., LTD.
15:40-15:55 Break
15:55-17:10 Panel 3 "Power Grid & Others"
Moderator
Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Panelists
  • Mr. Ryo Minami, Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI
  • Dr. Hiroshi Asano, Deputy Associate Vice President, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI)
  • Mr. Hiroshi Iwano, Executive Officer, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
  • Mr. Ryosuke Shimizu, Director, Senior Vice President, Operations Director of Infrastructure Project Operations, Chiyoda Corporation
  • Mr. Yoshihiro Megata, General Manager, Planning & Strategy Department, Power Projects & Plant Group, Marubeni Corporation
  • Mr. Tamerlan Abdikeev, Partner, SUN INVESTMENT LLC
17:10-17:30

Conclusion

17:30

Closing



* Mr. Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom, Mr. Hirofumi Katase, Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI, and Mr. Nikolay Shulginov, Chairman of RusHydro could not attend the conference for scheduling reasons.




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