JCG said in a statement Wednesday that the deal would be a first step in enteringRussia’s LNG sector.

After decades of tensions over a territorial dispute, resource-scarce Japan and Russia are discussing various energy deals that would help Moscow increase sales in Asia.

The consortium between JCG and Technip will provide cost estimates and engineering services for an LNG plant in central Russia’s Yamal Peninsula that is being built by JSC Yamal, a Russian-French joint venture.

Assuming the project is deemed feasible, JCG and Technip would build the plant, with an annual capacity of 16.5 million tons.

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