Seabed methane hydrate production tests in the Pacific Ocean

Japan began on Wednesday preparatory drilling for seabed methane hydrate production tests in the Pacific Ocean off Aichi Prefecture in central Japany after it was delayed for a day, officials of Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. said.

A deep-sea drilling vessel from another state-affiliated organization, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, started drilling in waters about 1,000 meters deep some 70 to 80 kilometers south of the Atsumi Peninsula, the officials said.

If the project is successful, it would be the world’s first seabed production of methane hydrate, expected to be a new source of energy for Japan.

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