Japan, UAE sign oil pact

December 20th, 2009 - 6:57 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Dec 20 (IANS) Japan will stockpile crude oil produced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under a bilateral agreement that stipulates Tokyo could receive emergency supplies with priority in the event of a global supply shortage, WAM news agency reported.
The first crude oil shipment from Abu Dhabi will arrive in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan Monday. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company leases a storage tank in Kagoshima. The capacity of the tank is 600,000 kiloliters.

The agreement, signed in June between Japan and Abu Dhabi, is the first such agreement for Tokyo.

The UAE is the second largest oil exporter to Japan after Saudi Arabia.

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