Methane hydrates and the future of natural gas




For decades, gas hydrates have been discussed as a potential resource, particularly for countries with limited access to conventional hydrocarbons or a strategic interest in establishing alternative, unconventional gas reserves. Methane has never been produced from gas hydrates at a commercial scale and, barring major changes in the economics of natural gas supply and demand, commercial production at a large scale is considered unlikely to commence within the next 15 years. Given the overall uncertainty still associated with gas hydrates as a potential resource, they have not been included in the EPPA model in MITEI’s Future of Natural Gas report. Still, gas hydrates remain a potentially large methane resource and must necessarily be included in any consideration of the natural gas supply beyond two decades from now.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Methane hydrates and the future of natural gas
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher MIT Energy Initiative
Publisher location Cambridge, MA
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description Supplemental Paper 2.4: 25 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title The future of natural gas: an interdisciplinary MIT study
First page 1
Last page 25
Public Comments This article is Supplemental Paper 2.4 of Appendix 2 in Chapter 2 in The future of natural gas: an interdisciplinary MIT study.
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