In Brunei there have been special ceremonies to mark the departure of the five hundredth cargo of natural gas exported to Japan.
SV NATURAL GAS PIPELINE NETWORK AT SEA (4 SHOTS)
SV PRESENTATION CEREMONY
CU BANNER READING "500 CARGOES FROM BRUNEI TO JAPAN"
SV TANKER LOADING GAS AT PIER (3 SHOTS)
CU INSTRUMENTS OF CONTROL PANEL (2 SHOTS)
SV TANKER LOADING GAS (2 SHOTS)
GV GAS PIPES IN SEA
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Background: In Brunei there have been special ceremonies to mark the departure of the five hundredth cargo of natural gas exported to Japan.
Brunei is one of the world's major producers of oil and non-polluting natural gas......it has far more of these vital fossil fuels than it can possibly handle.
Since 1973 it has been supplying large quantities of natural gas to Japan. There is a twenty-year agreement between the two countries and the gas goes to the Tokyo as and electric power companies, and the Osaka gas company.
Last week (October 28) the two partners celebrated five hundred cargoes of gas safely shipped to Japan....special plaque was presented to the master of the gas ship carrying the cargo.
The Gadinia is one of a special fleet of seven ships which make the 2,500 miles (4,00 Kilometre) journey. They are all specially built for the service, and so advanced is their design that they even utilise natural gas to power their boilers.
The gas is so collected from the seabed wells and then turned into liquid at a specially built plant on shore. Then it is pumped three miles (five Kms) along a special pier to the waiting ship. It takes a eighteen hours to fill up the tanker, and the gas is kept under pressure and refrigeration so that it will remain liquid.
Once in Japan it is turned back into gas and some used to fuel power stations and others passed into users...and one of its most important roles is the contribution it makes to the Blue Sky Plan, which is aimed at reducing pollution in the Osaka region.