* Shell, Mitsui, Mitsubishi have preferential right for
train 3 LNG plant
* Russia supplied Japan with extra 325,000 T of LNG since
TOKYO Oct 25 The Gazprom-led Sakhalin-2
consortium, which includes Anglo-Dutch major Royal Dutch Shell
(RDSa.L), is expected to make a decision soon on building a
third liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at the Sakhalin-2
project, Russia's gas export chief said on Tuesday.
"We expect that a decision of expansion of Sakhalin-2
project, the train 3 LNG plant, will be taken soon,"
Gazpromexport's chief executive, Alexander Medvedev,
told an industry forum on Tuesday.
He added that stakeholders in the Sakhalin-2 project,
including Shell, Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi ,
would have a preferential right to participate in the expansion.
Sakhalin-2, Russia's only active LNG project, is producing
10 million tonnes per year, and Gazprom and partners have been
in talks to build a third train to increase capacity by 50
percent, a prospect made more likely by the Japanese nuclear
disaster which has boosted demand for LNG. [ID: nLDE75010N]
Medvedev said Gazprom has delivered five extra LNG cargoes
to Japan from the Pacific LNG plant in addition to its
contractual obligations following the nuclear disaster at
Fukushima, adding that it stood ready to meet short-term demand
at the world's top LNG consumer.
"All in all, Gazprom has supplied Japan with an extra
325,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas," he said.
Japan's LNG imports are set to jump 12.2 percent to 78.6
million tonnes this year and to 81.6 million tonnes in 2012, a
Reuters poll of analysts showed.
Japanese utilities have been aggressively buying LNG from
suppliers further afield, including Norway, Nigeria and
Equatorial Guinea, after the massive quake in March triggered
the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century and left
much of Japan's nuclear power offline.
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Joseph Radford and