Osaka Gas, Sumitomo, and JOIN to Invest in Expanding City Gas Distribution Business in India

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Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (Osaka Gas) announced on April 8 its subsidiary OSAKA GAS SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. (OGS) has reached an agreement with Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo) and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) to invest in AG&P LNG Marketing Pte. Ltd. (AG&P LNG Marketing), aiming to boost AG&P LNG Marketing’s city gas distribution (CGD) business in India.

 

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Project_Area (Graphic: Business Wire)

Project_Area (Graphic: Business Wire)

This investment will be made through a Japanese consortium jointly owned by OGS, Sumitomo, and JOIN. This marks OGS’ second major investment in the CGD business in India, following the first one in 2021. OGS intends to establish a medium- to long-term revenue stream in India while contributing to a stable supply of low-carbon energy.

 

This investment allows AG&P LNG Marketing to expand its gas distribution coverage in India. Since 2021, the company has been developing CGD business in twelve geographical areas1 (GAs) under the brand name AGP Pratham, primarily in the suburbs of southern India. With this new investment, AG&P LNG Marketing will also develop seven additional GAs under the brand name THINK Gas2 in the urban areas of north and central India. The total area of these nineteen GAs represents approximately 320,000 km2 or 10% of the country (comparable to approximately 90% of Japan’s land).

 

AG&P LNG Marketing plans to construct compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and extend its gas distribution networks further, aiming to increase gas sales mainly in the transportation segment as well as household, commercial, and industrial segments. AG&P LNG Marketing’s goal is to grow its gas sales volume in India to more than half the gas sales volume of Osaka Gas in Japan.3

 

AG&P LNG Marketing is led by an experienced management team that has demonstrated quality execution and O&M of the company’s assets. The management will be guided by a competent board of directors which will have representation from I Squared Capital (an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, telecom and transport in the Americas, Europe, and Asia), AG&P Group, Osaka Gas, Sumitomo (each of whom has taken on many overseas natural gas projects), and JOIN (a public-private infrastructure fund who supports Japanese businesses for overseas infrastructure projects with their knowledge, expertise, and technology). In addition, Osaka Gas will provide technical and sales support.

 

The Indian government is promoting the use of natural gas,4 such as increasing the number of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG vehicles) by developing city gas distribution networks to meet the rising energy needs and reduce carbon emissions and air pollution as the country’s economy is growing. City gas suppliers are selected in a bidding process for each GA and given exclusive gas sales and infrastructure rights (exclusive business rights) for an agreed period.

 

About Osaka Gas

 

Under the Medium-Term Business Plan 2026: Connecting Ambitious Dreams, Osaka Gas aims to fast-track its business development in the growth market in Asia. The company is working to invest and develop energy infrastructure and renewable energy in Asian countries to contribute to their economic growth driven by low-carbon and decarbonized energy.

 

  1. Press release on December 20, 2021: Osaka Gas Becomes the First Japanese Company to Participate in City Gas Distribution Business in India
  2. The holding company of AG&P’s CGD business has merged with the holding company of THINK Gas’ CGD business.
  3. Osaka Gas’ consolidated gas (45 MJ/m3) sales volume in fiscal 2022 was 6.845 billion m3.
  4. In December 2019, the Indian government announced a goal of increasing the percentage of natural gas as a primary energy source from 6% in 2019 to 15% by 2030.

1. Overview of the city gas distribution business in India

 

(1) Investment structure

 

  • The CGD businesses of THINK Gas and AG&P are owned by AG&P LNG Marketing.
  • AG&P LNG Marketing is owned by I Squared Capital, AG&P SPV3, and the Japanese consortium.
  • Osaka Gas will invest approximately USD 240 million in the Japanese consortium through OGS.
  • The Japanese consortium jointly owned by Osaka Gas, Sumitomo, and JOIN will invest approximately USD 370 million in AG&P LNG Marketing.
  • Osaka Gas has held equity in the target company through AG&P SPV3 since 2021, when Osaka Gas invested in AG&P SPV3 through OGS in 2021, alongside JOIN.

(2) Project Area

 

  • Refer to the graphic “Project Area”.

(3) Business operation

 

  • Natural gas/LNG procurement, storage, distribution, sales, demand development.
  • Refer to the graphic “Business operation”.

2. Company Overview

 

OGS

Company Name

Osaka Gas Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Established

March 2013

Address

182 Cecil Street, #30-02 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547

Representative

Hideomi Tsujimura

Main Business

Research, development, and investment in energy-related businesses, managing and operating businesses in Southeast and South Asia.

 

Japanese Consortium

Company Name

DAIGAS SJ CGD PTE. LTD.

Established

October 2023

Address

182 Cecil Street, #30-02 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547

Representative

Hideomi Tsujimura

Main Business

Gas distribution in India.

 

Target Company

Company Name

AG&P LNG Marketing Pte. Ltd.

Established

January 2018

Address

65 Chulia Street, #47-04 OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513

Representative

Sayantan Lahiri

Main Business

Natural gas and LNG transport, storage, distribution, sales and demand development in 19 GAs in southern, north and central India.