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Japan extracts natural gas from frozen methane hydrate

ixarux (1652631) writes | about a year ago

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ixarux (1652631) writes "For the first time ever, a Japanese company has been successful extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast. The Nankai Trough gas field, located a little more than 30 miles offshore, could provide an alternative energy source for the island nation, reducing its dependence on foreign imports.

A Japanese study estimated that at least 1.1tn cubic metres of methane hydrate exist in offshore deposits. This is the equivalent of more than a decade of Japan's gas consumption. Japan has few natural resources and the cost of importing fuel has increased after a backlash against nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear disaster two years ago.

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2 comments

How wise? (1)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about a year ago | (#43150185)

Undersea mining of methane ice on a hyperactive tectonic fault line: What could possibly go wrong?

Re:How wise? (1)

Dzimas (547818) | about a year ago | (#43155901)

Well, causing a massive seismic event is one way of reducing demand.
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