Brunei LNG’s golden jubilee celebrated in Japan

Aziz Idris

Brunei LNG celebrated its golden jubilee in Tokyo, Japan recently along with their Japanese foundation buyers – JERA, Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas – to further laminate the strong relationship built over the past five decades between Brunei LNG and the buyers as well as the two countries.

Present as the guest of honour was Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah in his capacity as member of Brunei LNG Board of Directors and representative of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Also present at the 50th anniversary event were Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, representatives from shareholders, management and senior officials from Brunei LNG.

The minister, in his speech, thanked Shell and Mitsubishi Corporation for providing Brunei Darussalam with the guidance, technology and most importantly, the people with the right skills to help build the plant which saw its first drop of LNG in October 1972. Brunei LNG delivered its first cargo to Osaka, Japan in the same year, and since then has delivered a total of 267 million tonnes of LNG to all its customers, safely and on time.

Over nearly 50 years, Brunei LNG has delivered almost 90 per cent of the volume it has produced to Japan.

He also extended his deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Japanese Government for their continuous support in facilitating and maintaining a strong business relation with JERA, Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah in his capacity as member of Brunei LNG Board of Directors in a group photo
ABOVE & BELOW: Guests enjoying delicacies; and the Wadaiko performance during the event

Brunei LNG has never missed a single cargo on the backbone of a safe and reliable operation and reputable customer relations, supporting the growth of Japan’s energy sector. The LNG industry has evolved dramatically in no small part due to Japan and Japanese companies. Japan remains the world’s largest LNG importer in 2019, a major shipping player, a pivotal buyer who has helped to underpin new LNG developments around the world, and a key partner for developing new LNG markets.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew congratulated Brunei LNG on achieving the historic milestone of 50 years.

“As Brunei strives towards the Brunei Vision 2035, I am confident that you will continue to do well in delivering your commitments to your shareholders and the country for more successes in the future.”

Meanwhile, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Patrice Girard expressed his appreciation to the three Japanese buyers, attributing the successes of Brunei LNG over the past 50 years to the support the company has received from the commercial, operations and terminal teams on the buyers’ side, their agents, shipping agents, marine suppliers and surveyors.

When Brunei LNG was established in 1969, it made history as the first company in the Western Pacific to begin liquefaction of natural gas contributing to making LNG a global energy resource.

As it turns 50, Brunei LNG is going strong with a vision of becoming the leading and competitive LNG provider. Brunei LNG’s mission is to be a recognised leader in safety, business integrity, production and commercial excellence; to bring value for Brunei Darussalam and shareholders by producing LNG safely and delivering it to customers on time; to contribute to nation building by growing its people to be a highly skilled, motivated, inspired and energised workforce; and to grow and sustain the business in line with the aspirations of the nation.

To celebrate the milestone, the history and culture of both nations were also showcased through cultural performances and local delicacies during the event.

The event opened with a Japanese cultural performance of Japanese drums, known as Wadaiko. Guests were also treated to a traditional Bruneian cultural performance of Silat by members of the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation.

Cuisines from both countries were featured at the event with Bruneian delicacies such as ambuyat, satay with peanut sauce and wajid Temburong, among others.