Courtesy Visit to the Alaska Gas-line Development Corporation (AGDC)

On April 22, 2024, the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage convened with President Frank Richards and Senior Principal Matt Kissinger from the Alaska Gas-line Development Corporation (AGDC) to delve into the Alaska LNG project.

During the meeting AGDC presented a comprehensive update about the Alaska LNG project tracing its history and highlighting its recent shift to a phased approach. With an initial focus on serving Southcentral Alaska's energy needs, the project aims to ultimately reignite connections with the Asia-Pacific. The mega project will leverage knowledge from the United States’ first exports of LNG to Japan from Alaska, Alaska's Carbon Sequestration geology, and the abundant resources of the North Slope. This meeting builds on the previous Alaska LNG summit convened in Tokyo by Ambassador Rahm Emmanuel. Given the vast scope of the project AGDC has opened discussions with various international and domestic firms to both finance and expand to meet growing global demand for clean energy.  The project's first phase plans to connect Southcentral Alaska to the North Slope via a new natural gas pipeline. Eventually the complete project hopes to export surplus gas to the Asia Pacific.

Head Consul Hamada expressed his hopes for the successful implementation of the project and further collaboration between Japan and Alaska.