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Will Methane Hydrates Become a Domestic Energy Resource?Ishikawa Kenji

In seas near Japan in March 2013, methane gas was successfully extracted from seafloor hydrates—a world first. However, there are remaining technical hurdles to overcome before this becomes a viable domestic energy source.
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Current Progress in Methane Hydrate DevelopmentNarita Hideo

Methane hydrate is a promising new energy source, offering the prospect of a long-term, stable energy supply for resource-poor Japan. Encouraging developments are now underway, including advance drilling in February 2012, in preparation for the world’s first methane hydrate production test on the ocean. Narita Hideo, the director of the Methane Hydrate Research Center, examines the current situation and future prospects for this new energy source.
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