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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Inpex
  • Website:
  • Location: Naoetsu in Joetsu city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Capacity: 1.5 million tons/annum
  • Status: In operation

Brief Description

  • The main facilitites of the Terminal include two above-ground LNG tanks with the storage capacity of 180,000kl, a berth which enables the 210,000m3 loading class LNG tanker (Q-flex) to unload, and vaporizers and calorific value adjustment facilities. The Terminal’s capacity to receive and regas LNG is approximately 1.5 million tonnes per year

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity: 180,000-kl tank x 2
  • Unloading capacity: a berth which enables the 210,000m3 loading class LNG tanker (Q-flex) to unload
  • Send out capacity:
  • Constructor:
    • Chiyoda: EPC
    • Freyssinet: Pre-stressing for LNG tanks

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • The project was completed in December 2013

Suppliers / Customers

  • Suppliers: Inpex are considering whether to import LNG produced from Ichthys (Australia) or Abadi (Indonesia),
  • Customers: Gas will be supplied mainly to the city gas enterprises and commercial/industrial customers in the Tokyo metropolitan area


  • 2008 - Project launched with FID
  • 2009 - Construction Start of Naoetsu LNG Receiving Terminal
  • 2013 - First LNG cargo arrived
  • 2013 - Commercial operations began

Other Information

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Relevant Links

  1. Chiyoda LNG References
  2. Freyssinet LNG Tank References
  3. Construction of an LNG receiving terminal at Naoetsu, Japan
  4. Construction Start of Naoetsu LNG Receiving Terminal in Niigata, Japan
  5. Financial Results for the six months ended September 30, 2008
  6. Arrival of the First LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Carrier at Naoetsu LNG Terminal, Japan
  7. Start-up of Naoetsu LNG Terminal, Japan

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