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Japan's JERA says to integrate EDF Trading's LNG unit into their joint venture

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TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) -

* JERA says has signed basic agreement with trading arm of French state-controlled utility EDF to integrate the French firm's LNG business in JERA's trading venture with EDF

* Agreement follows integration in April of the French company's coal and freight trading business into JERA Trading, which is 67-percent owned by JERA and the rest by EDF Trading

* JERA, the world's top LNG buyer, is a fuel joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)