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Japanese LNG plant in Maryland begins operation

NHK reported online that Tokyo Gas and Sumitomo Corporation announced that their natural gas liquefaction plant in Maryland started operation on April 9. The two companies plan to annually export about  2.3 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan over the next 20 years starting later this month. A Tokyo Gas official said at a news conference that the export of LNG will strengthen energy cooperation and promote trade between the United States and Japan. The network said that Japan agreed with the United States at their economic dialogue last October to help expand U.S. exports of LNG and that other LNG projects involving Japanese firms are underway in the United States. The broadcaster speculated that Japan is hoping to underscore the results of its efforts to help expand U.S. exports ahead of the U.S.-Japan summit this week.

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