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December 07, 2015

Iwatani Completes Construction of Akita LPG Center
Center to act as a base for the supply of LPG in the central areas of Akita Prefecture


Iwatani Corporation (Head Office: Osaka and Tokyo, President: Masao Nomura, Capital: 20 billion yen) has newly established the Akita LPG Center inside Akita City and today completed construction.


The Akita LPG Center will consolidate the shipment services of the CSGGAS Co., Ltd. and AIBA SHOUTEN INC. gas filling plants, while enhancing utility so that LP gas can be continually supplied to support people’s lives even in the event of a major disaster as the Iwatani Group’s core LPG supply base for the central areas of Akita Prefecture.
The maximum filling capacity of the LPG center is 6,000 tons per year.


[Features of the New Center]

(1) Platforms and LPG storage tanks, etc. strengthened in terms of earthquake resistant design
(2) Installation of LP gas emergency generator as a countermeasure to power outages during an emergency
(3) Installation of an automated gas filling machine for delivery trucks
(4) Installation of LPG dispensing equipment for bulk container trucks


Iwatani Corporation supplies gas to 3.1 million households throughout Japan through MaruiGas, Japan’s largest LPG brand for household and commercial use. Since 2011, Iwatani Corporation has proceeded with improvements to its core LPG centers to strengthen its system for the stable supply of LP gas in the event of an emergency, and is scheduled to complete such improvements at 43 locations by the end of the current fiscal year. The Akita LPG Center is one of these core centers featuring a strengthened earthquake resistant design and countermeasures for power outages. Moving forward, Iwatani Corporation will build an efficiency supply structure throughout the central areas of Akita Prefecture working from this center as a base, further bolstering its LPG supply chain throughout the entire region.


[Outline of the Akita LPG Center]

□ Location : 322-2, Terauchiushirojo, Akita-shi, Akita Prefecture
□ Site Area : 10,083m2
□ LPG Tanks : Two 20-ton tanks
□ Total Floor Area : 494.3m2
□ Filling Equipment : Four stationary filling machines
□ Start of Operation : Late November, 2015
□ Operation and Management : Home Energy Tohoku Co., Ltd. Akita LPG Center
□ Business Activities : LP gas filling and delivery
□ Employees : 12