Alaska looks to Japan to sell natural gas

Alaska LNG for Japan

Alaska hopes to increase its natural gas exports to Japan. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has traveled to Japan to discuss the exports with government officials, U.S. News reported.

The article said the boom of shale gas in the United States has eliminated the domestic market for gas from Alaska, the article stated, forcing the northern state to seek out other export opportunities. Japan has increased its need for alternative fuel since the country shut down its nuclear reactors following the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster.

"They really have no other resource," said a spokesman for Murkowski, according to the source. "There's interest [in Alaskan natural gas] but [the infrastructure isn't] built. Alaska is closer to Japan than the lower 48 states, so it makes sense to ship Alaska's gas there."

Murkowski is the top Republican for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, The Hill reported. She has long been an advocate for a pipeline that would send natural gas from Alaska to Asian markets.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on U.S. natural gas exports.

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