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Mitsubishi and Mitsui will remain in the Russian gas project Sajalín-2

Las empresas japonesas Mitsubishi y Mitsuiparticipants en la exploitation gasística Russian de Sajalín-2han decidido seguir en el projecte tras su nationalization por parte de la Federación rusa, según confirmedó este jueves el Gobierno japonés.

“Mitsui and Mitsubishi have officially decided to continue participating in the project” and “from now on, both will request the Government of Russia to agree to participate in the new company operator, and Russia tomará la decision to accept or no”, said today in rueda de prensa el portavoz gubernamental, Hirokazu Matsuno.

La nationalización del Sajalín-2

Matsuno responded like this to being asked about the information advanced by diverse local media about the permanence of Japanese companies in the nationalized project in the context of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Moscow to boost it.

Both Mitsui and Mitsubishi would announce the decision antes de que finalice este mes.

Según detalles recogidos por el diario Nikkei, Rusia would have expected to decide on the permanence of these companies in the project in the framework of three days after receiving the official notice of the decision, after which it will be necessary to renegotiate the investment agreement.

El presidente ruso, Vladimir Putinsigned a decree on June 30 to transfer the assets of the current operator, Sajalín Energy, to a company affiliated with the Russian company Gazprom, which in practice puts the project under the control of the Russian government.

The security of the project

Sajalín Energy tenía participation de Gazprom (50 %), la British Shell (27,5 %), y las japonesas Mitsui (12,5 %) y Mitsubishi (10 %).

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Con la reestructuración sus inversores extranjeros will receive the actions that correspond to them if they notify the Russian Government this month of their desire to remain in the project.

Shell has declared its intention to leave the root of the conflict.

The Japanese Government had asked the two Japanese companies to remain in the project to guarantee the energy security of the archipelago.

Sajalín-2 produced and exported 11.6 million tons gas natural licuado en 2021, de las cuales más de la mitad (unos 6 millones) fueron a parar a Japan.

El país asiatico depends on its imports for about 98% of the gas it consumes and Russia is its fifth major source of this fuel. Sajalín-2 supone cerca del 10 % del gas licuado que Japón importa.