Amid heightened expectations for natural gas following the Great East Japan Earthquake and due to the major changes in the Japanese energy industry, such as full liberalization of the retail electricity and gas markets, we will continue to produce city gas, recognizing that the public expects the Tokyo Gas Group to consistently ensure a stable supply of energy.
Stable Production of City GasOur four city gas production terminals mutually back up each other so that we can continue to deliver a stable supply of gas to customers, even in the event of power outages or other problems. Highly reliable power receiving systems with core facility redundancy are also in place to ensure steady production of city gas. Each terminal is equipped with highly reliable facilities, and we are enhancing our safety measures by steadily upgrading aging facilities and strengthening earthquake resistance for even greater stability in production.
Compliance with Statutory Requirements for Controlling Calorific Value, Combustibility and other PropertiesTo ensure delivery of high-quality city gas to customers, we daily inspect calorific value, combustibility and other properties, as stipulated by law, and strive to improve quality further by conducting independent monitoring regularly while also maintaining and managing facilities though periodic maintenance and daily inspections.
Strategic Development of Production FacilitiesWe are strategically developing our production facilities from a long-term perspective that emphasizes economic performance, applying a comprehensive approach as we consider issues such as projected future demand for city gas. To encourage the broader adoption of natural gas, a goal under our Challenge 2020 Vision, we began commercial operations at the Hitachi LNG Terminal in March 2016 to meet expanding demand in the northern Kanto region.
Initiatives for Handing Down SkillsThe Tokyo Gas Group actively manages knowledge by sharing and utilizing the valuable learnings, technology and skills it has acquired over many years of operating terminals in order to deepen each employee’s understanding and thereby enhance their performance and abilities. We are also systematically developing human resources to ensure that skills are smoothly transferred to each succeeding generation.