27 March 2012, 13:56

Japan deals with methane hydrate development experiment

Japan deals with methane hydrate  development experiment

Japan has wrapped up the first stage of an experiment on developing offshore methane hydrate deposits off the Pacific Coast of Honshu Island.

Japan has wrapped up the first stage of an experiment on developing offshore methane hydrate deposits off the Pacific Coast of Honshu Island.

On Tuesday, the Tikyu research vessel completed offshore drilling in the area where three rifts have already been installed to extract methane hydrate, the main component of natural gas which is widely touted as a new energy resource.

Full-scale methane hydrate development is expected in Japan in 2013.

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