China makes breakthrough in combustible ice energy

16:09, January 04, 2011      

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After a 10-year investigation and study of combustible ice, China has achieved breakthroughs in four major areas, People's Daily overseas edition reported on Tuesday.

Combustible ice is essentially frozen natural gas, a natural gas hydrate, and it is one of the newest energy sources yet to be fully explored. It is estimated that the organic carbon contained in combustible ice is twice as much as the combined resources of coal, crude oil and natural gas.

China officially launched investigation and research into combustible ice in 2002. Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey recently explored 11 combustible ice ore bodies in the South China Sea. The reserves are believed to carry 19.4 billion cubic meters.

It is known that currently more than 100 countries around the world have found deposits of combustible ice.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


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