Jun 20, 2014

Methane hydrate deposits probable in Sea of Japan

The government said Friday it is highly likely that deposits of methane hydrate, a next-generation energy source, exist in the seabed of the Sea of Japan off the northern and western parts of the country. The government’s survey from April found geological structures suggesting ...

Methane hydrate gets budgetary OK

Dec 25, 2013

Methane hydrate gets budgetary OK

The Abe administration plans to boost spending on the development of undersea methane hydrate, a potential next-generation energy source, as well as on renewable energy projects in fiscal 2014. In its draft budget adopted Tuesday, the administration set aside ¥12.7 billion for methane hydrate ...

Jun 9, 2013

Sea of Japan methane hydrate survey kicks off

The government Saturday started its first full-fledged investigation to assess the size of methane hydrate reserves in the Sea of Japan. Japan succeeded in extracting natural gas from methane hydrate contained in geologic layers hundreds of meters below the Pacific seabed in March, but ...