SUMMARY

Tokyo Gas aims to create an overseas supply chain for e-methane spanning the US, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.

By Shardul Sharma

Japanese utility Tokyo Gas on March 19 unveiled plans to establish Tokyo Gas GX1 (TGX1) in the US as a unit of its wholly owned subsidiary, Tokyo Gas America, with operations set to commence in April. TGX1 will spearhead the development of an e-methane business.

Tokyo Gas aims to create an overseas supply chain for e-methane spanning the US, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. 

“The US in particular is considered a highly promising region for early development of a supply chain, as it already has infrastructure enabling stable sourcing of the renewable energy and CO2 needed to produce e-methane,” Tokyo Gas said.

“The launch of TGX1 will accelerate the development of the e-methane business in the US and will enable the early establishment of the supply chain,” it added.

As part of its broader strategy, Tokyo Gas envisions introducing e-methane equivalent to 1% of its gas sales volume by 2030, marking a significant milestone toward the comprehensive real-world deployment of this resource.

Furthermore, on March 22, Tokyo Gas and Mitsui & Co. announced a collaboration to import biomethane from the US to Japan.