Japan successfully extracts gas from methane hydrate

Japan successfully extracts gas from methane hydrate


Japan is the first country to have succeeded in extracting natural gas from frozen methane hydrate. Methane hydrates, also known as "flammable ice", are solid compounds similar to ice, formed when a large amount of methane is trapped within a crystal structure of water. Japan believes that frozen methane hydrate could provide an alternative energy source in order to cover the country’s energy needs. The extraction operation is carried out by energy explorer Japan Oil, Gas and ...


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