Monday, August 08, 2011

Japan to test-drill for seabed 'burning ice'

Monday, August 08, 2011

Desire to extract natural gas from sea bed also known look Tokyo (AFP)-Japan deposits of methane hydrate, as "burning ice", first in the world such as offshore experiment, a news report said Monday.

The test is to a distance of the ocean to the southwest of Tokyo, between Shizuoka and Wakayama, prefectures for several weeks in the fiscal year through March 2013, who told financial daily Nikkei.

The report is to request more than 10 billion yen ($127.5 million) for the project, the Ministry of economy, trade and industry.

The Government will continue to support research and goals for commercial drilling early start in the next decade the newspaper said.

Methane hydrate are found in environments with high pressure and low temperatures, such as the ocean floors, often in the vicinity of continental consensus where cold disposed of the gas in contact with sea water.

The offshore experiment, if successful, would, that the the Nikkei said world's first. Methane was previously extracted were developed from methane hydrate ashore in Canada in 2008 with technology in Japan.

Japan has its energy resources since the mighty March 11 diversify searched earthquake and tsunami caused the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years in the Fukushima Daiichi plant northeast of Tokyo.

Resource-poor Japan relies heavily on energy imports from the Middle East and was until recently one-third of the electricity needs with nuclear power, but now also as renewable energy plans boost solar and wind power.

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