As the first step of multilateral cooperation with
the Northeast Asian countries and areas towards the realization
of the International Pipeline, the 1st International Conference
on Northeast Asian Natural Gas Pipeline was held in Tokyo in March
1995, with 60 participants from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea
and Sakha Republic.
Continually, the 2nd Conference was held in Beijing
in September 1996 and its participants increased to 170, which
particularly focused on the Northeast Asian Natural Gas Pipeline
as a start of the Trans-Asian. At the Round Table Discussion of
the 2nd conference, it is proposed and adopted to establish an organization
called "Northeast Asian Gas & Pipeline Forum (NAGPDF)" which will lead joint
activities with related countries and areas in order to promote
mutual cooperation for the enlargement of natural gas utilization.
In the 3rd Conference held in Seoul in November 1997,
the representatives of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea adopted
the statutes and established a non-profitable organization, the
Northeast Asian Gas and Pipeline Forum.
From that time, the NAGPF has been taking the responsibility
of organizing an annual international conference and leading cooperative
activities with the member organizations. The 4th Conference was
held in Ulaanbaatar in August 1998, with the participants from all
the Northeast Asian countries and areas. The 5th Conference held
in Yakutsk in July 1999 provided a precious opportunity to exchange
massive information between the participants due to the submission
of a great number of papers. After that, the NAGPF organized the 6th
Conference in Irkutsk in September 2000, the 7th Conference in Tokyo in December 2001, the 8th Conference in Shanghai in March 2004, the 9th Conference in Seoul in september 2005, the 10th Conference in Novosibirsk in September, the 11th Conference in Tokyo in October and the 12th Conference in Ulaanbaatar in August.
Currently, there are 5 ordinary members - Asia Gas
& Pipeline Cooperation Research Centre of China (AGPRCC), Korea
Pan-Asian Natural Gas & Pipeline Association (KPGA), Northeast Asian Gas & Pipeline Forum of Japan
(NAGPF-J), Asian Pipeline Research Society
of the Russian Federation(ROSASIAGAS), and Petroleum Authority
of Mongolia (PAM).