The outcomes of Gazprom’s delegation visit to Japan

Tokyo keeps hosting the XXII World Gas Congress (WGC). On June 4–5, within the frames of the Congress, Gazprom’s delegation headed by Alexey Miller, the Company’s Management Committee Chairman, held a range of bilateral meetings with heads of the companies participating in the Congress. The meetings were of business nature and did not envisage conclusion of agreements and contracts. The parties mainly focussed on discussing the status of bilateral relations, cooperation prospects and implementation of joint projects.

Gazprom’s delegation held working meetings with:

  • George Verberg, N.V. Nederlandse Gazunie’s CEO and Vice-President of the International Gas Union;
  • Burckhard Bergmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rurgaz AG (Germany);
  • Philip Watts, Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (UK);
  • Reinier Zwitserloot, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wintershall AG (Germany) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian-German joint venture WINGAS GmbH;
  • Jean Abiteboul, Director of Supply and Trading of Gaz de France;
  • Vladimir Trikolich, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine;
  • Hiroshi Urano, President of the International Gas Union;
  • Yasuo Hayashi, Executive Director of Mitsui&Co., Ltd. (Japan) and Satoru Anzaki, Chairman of the Board of Komatsu, Ltd. (Japan);
  • Uichiro Niwa, President and CEO of ITOCHU Corporation (Japan);
  • Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of Nissho Iwai Corporation (Japan);
  • Takeo Hiranuma, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The WGC hosted the World Gas Exhibition. Gazprom’s delegation visited the main exposition of Japan as well as examined the exhibition stands of Naftogaz of Ukraine, VNG Verbundnetzgas AG (Germany), Ruhrgas AG, WINGAS, N.V. Nederlandse Gazunie, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Mitsubishi, Gaz de France and Eni (Italy).


The Mitsui company specializes in exploiting, selling, distributing and storing all primary resources, materials, equipment and ready-made articles in Japan and abroad. Among the company’s core activities are financial transactions. Mitsui is one of the participants in the Sakhalin-II project (25%).

Gazprom and Mitsui have been cooperating since 1993. The parties concluded agreements on supplies of road-building machinery, pipes and drilling units as well as on financing matters. At present, the companies are negotiating supplies of bulldozers, pipelayers and excavators as well as gas pipeline repair equipment produced by Komatsu.

ITOCHU Corporation is the parent of the group of companies, doing business in a wide scope of spheres. The company’s major business lines are industrial projects, equipment and automobiles; electronics, telecommunications and aerospace industry; power generation, metals and mineral feedstock; chemistry, timber and consumer goods; textile; foodstuffs; finance, real estate, insurance and logistics. ITOCHU Corporation is taking part in the Sakhalin-I project implementation through its SODEKO subsidiary.

Nissho Iwai Corporation is a large holding company implementing infrastructure projects, developing industrial systems and information technology, supplying machinery, metals, energy carriers, chemical processing products and building timber.

Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom

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