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In addition to the collection of overseas information via the Internet, JPEC implements long-term dispatch of researchers to Europe(Brussels) and US(Chicago) for gathering information which represents the actual local conditions more directly. JPEC has been building a global network for collecting petroleum-related information by sharing as much information as possible with energy/petroleum organizations throughout the world.

① Asia

China is expected to see a continued rapid increase of domestic energy demand. South Korea, a neighboring country of Japan, has large-scale refining capacity. ASEAN members are expected to experience a sharp rise in energy consumption with the progress of economic growth in each country. All these countries are closely related to Japan’s economy and security of petroleum-based energy. JPEC has been promoting technology exchanges with these countries, focusing on technological issues related to petroleum policies, refining technologies and fuel oil quality. The exchanges have helped to develop an information network as well as to strengthen the relations with government-affiliated organizations and oil companies in each of these countries.

[Japan-China-Korea Petroleum Technology Conference]

JPEC, Chinese Petroleum Society, and Korea Institute of Petroleum Management (K-Petro) jointly hold an annual conference for exchanging information on the latest petroleum technologies in the three countries.

Photo: The 5th Japan-China-Korea Petroleum Technology Conference held in Dalian in September,2012

[Japan-Thailand Technical Information Exchange Meeting]

Thailand is among the advanced countries in the ASEAN members in terms of petroleum-related technologies. In this conference, JPEC and PTT, a state-run oil company of Thailand, exchange information on fuel quality, biofuels and refining technologies. Information is also collected regarding the status quo and the future trends in fuel quality and biofuels in Asia.

Photo: The 5th Japan-Thailand Technical Information Exchange Meeting held in Tokyo in May,2012

[ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) - JPEC Workshop]

JPEC attends a workshop of the ASCOPE which consists of ten ASEAN members for gaining a better understanding of the trends in the regulations on fuel oil quality as well as in biofuel technologies in Asia. JPEC also takes advantage of the workshop for informing the participating countries of Japan’s technologies for energy saving, heavy oil cracking and catalytic cracking for the purpose of developing a network of personal connections with management personnel from state-run oil companies of ASEAN members. Information obtained in the workshop is utilized by ASEAN members for developing information bases.

② North America

Researchers are sent to Chicago for an extended period of time to meet with officials of major U.S. government-affiliated agencies and energy-related organizations including the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for exchanging up-to-date information. Latest information is collected on the energy policy directions in North America, technological developments implemented on the basis of the anticipated energy policies, environmental protection measures, and trends in the use and production of biomass fuels.

③ Europe

Researchers are sent to Brussels, Belgium, for an extended period of time to meet with officials of major government-affiliated agencies and energy-related organizations including the European Commission (EC), European oil companies, Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe (CONCAWE), and International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) for gathering information on EU’s initiatives in addressing environmental concerns, improving fuel quality, and developing technologies.

[Japan-Europe Petroleum Technology Meeting]

Regarding the fuel oil quality specifications, the trends in the environmental regulations, and the technological issues in Europe and Japan, JPEC exchanges information with CONCAWE, an organization affecting policymaking in Europe from the viewpoint of technological issues. All the information that JPEC collects in the meeting is useful for formulating policies, projects and strategies in the related fields in Japan.

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