Published:December 01, 2009
A growing body of evidence indicates that a large volume of natural gas is stored in gas hydrates and that the production of natural gas from gas hydrates appears to be technically feasible. There are numerous research projects underway to investigate the geological origin of gas hydrate, their natural occurrence, the factors that affect their stability, and the possibility of using this vast resource in the world energy mix. Highly successful cooperative research projects, such as the various phases of the Mallik gas hydrate production project in northern Canada, have for the first time tested the technology needed to produce gas hydrates, and other highly successful gas hydrate research studies have been conducted in Japan, India, China, South Korea, northern Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. All of these projects have contributed greatly to an understanding of the energy resource potential of gas hydrates throughout the world.