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Chubu Electric to buy LNG from Qatar for 15 yrs from 2013

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TOKYO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Chubu Electric Power Co

has signed a contract to buy liquefied natural gas(LNG) from Qatar for 15 years from 2013 to ensure a stableelectricity supply, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Chubu Electric, whose reliance on gas-fired power plants isamong the highest in Japan's power utilities, said it will buy 1million tonnes per year of Qatari LNG between 2013 and 2017 and700,000 tonnes per year between 2018 and 2028.

(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Ken Wills)

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Keywords: ENERGY JAPAN/CHUBU ELECTRIC