Methane hydrate traps enormous amounts of methane in frozen deposits in continental margin sediments, and these deposits have long been targeted for studies investigating their potential as an energy resource. As a concentrated form of methane that occurs at shallower depths than conventional and most unconventional gas reservoirs, methane hydrates could be a readily accessible source of hydrocarbons for countries hosting deposits within their Exclusive Economic Zones. Japan is one such country, and since 2001 the Research Consortium for Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan (referred to as MH21) has conducted laboratory, modeling, and field-based programs to study methane hydrates as an energy resource. The MH21 consortium is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry (METI) and led by the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Oil Corporation (JOGMEC) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Preface to the special issue on gas hydrate drilling in the Eastern Nankai Trough|
|Series title||Marine and Petroleum Geology|
|Contributing office(s)||Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|