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Towards Commercial Gas Production from Hydrate Deposits
Petroleum Engineering Unit, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
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Received: 13 November 2010; in revised form: 24 December 2010 / Accepted: 20 January 2011 / Published: 25 January 2011
Abstract: Over the last decade global natural gas consumption has steadily increased since many industrialized countries are substituting natural gas for coal to generate electricity. There is also significant industrialization and economic growth of the heavily populated Asian countries of India and China. The general consensus is that there are vast quantities of natural gas trapped in hydrate deposits in geological systems, and this has resulted in the emerging importance of hydrates as a potential energy resource and an accompanying proliferation of recent studies on the technical and economic feasibility of gas production from hydrates. There are then the associated environmental concerns. This study reviews the state of knowledge with respect to natural gas hydrates and outlines remaining challenges and knowledge gaps.
Keywords: natural gas hydrates; methane hydrate; unconventional resource; energy resource; natural gas
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Marcelle-De Silva, J.; Dawe, R. Towards Commercial Gas Production from Hydrate Deposits. Energies 2011, 4, 215-238.
Marcelle-De Silva J, Dawe R. Towards Commercial Gas Production from Hydrate Deposits. Energies. 2011; 4(2):215-238.
Marcelle-De Silva, Jill; Dawe, Richard. 2011. "Towards Commercial Gas Production from Hydrate Deposits." Energies 4, no. 2: 215-238.