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Methane hydrates and the future of natural gas

January 1, 2011

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.

Publication Year 2011
Title Methane hydrates and the future of natural gas
Authors Carolyn Ruppel
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Index ID 70042177
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center