Posted by: coastlinesproject | June 11, 2017

China mines hydrates from South China Sea claims energy revolution.

China is talking up its achievement of mining flammable ice for the first time from underneath the South China Sea.
The fuel-hungry country has been pursuing the energy source, located at the bottom of oceans and in polar regions, for nearly two decades. China’s minister of land and resources, Jiang Daming, said Thursday that the successful collection of the frozen fuel was “a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution,” according to state media.

Experts agree that flammable ice could be a game changer for the energy industry, similar to the U.S. shale boom. But they caution that big barriers — both technological and environmental — need to be cleared to build an industry around the frozen fuel, which is also known as gas hydrate.

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, isn’t the first country to make headway with flammable ice. Japan drilled into it in the Pacific and extracted gas in 2013 — and then did so again earlier this month. The U.S. government has its own long-running research program into the fuel.

The world’s resources of flammable ice — in which gas is stored in cages of water molecules — are vast. Gas hydrates are estimated to hold more carbon than all the world’s other fossil fuels combined, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The South China Sea has been the subject of a territorial dispute between China and its neighbours for the last few years. In particular, China has been building air strips and reclaiming land on the Spratly Islands, which are strategically located there.

With a wealth of hydrocarbon reserves there, it is little wonder that China are so keen to lay claim.

It should now be abundantly clear that China has no intention whatsoever to move away from fossil fuels, despite what deluded Westerners may think.

et, John, the Age of Carbon is likely to go on as long as we do, i reckon.
Pity the green blob don’t understand that. I wonder what they think they are made of. No prizes for the best answer but a good giggle, maybe!

May 22, 2017 3:25 pm
This is way off base, it’s like dipping your toe in the north sea and then pretending to know and proceeding to telling all and sundry the water temperature in, Sydney Harbour.
Methane clathrates may be ‘mined’ one day but until we understand much better the forces that could be unleashed ie slope subsidence, unexpected releases of vast amounts of gas into abysal oceans, all of it is on the very edge of exploratory ‘mining’. Probably – it’s 50-100 years off into the future, there are far more and better opportunities to exploit the world’s natural resources before ‘we take the plunge’ on undersea Methane Clathrates.
it ain’t fake it’s just science fiction.

stewgreen PERMALINK
May 22, 2017 10:33 pm
Moving from coal to gas for electricity is more efficient and less CO2
So we can say that China is doing a better job of reducing CO2 than solar/wind mafia guys.
Cos Inserting solar or wind into an electricity network has never properly been shown to reduce CO2
You start off by burning a lot of EXTRA CO2 to make the new new infrastructure : panels and turbines and extra transmission systems. Essentially almost their entire CO2 footprint is front loaded onto before they have started producing you waste CO2 today in anticipation of getting electricity without CO2 in the future until decommissioning costs.
And to cap it all cos you have to keep switch on and off conventional power stations, you end up running them less efficiently and increasing their per MW, CO2

May 23, 2017 10:21 am
One should take any article that talks about a “global energy revolution” with a pinch of salt. Hydrates, as some of your other correspondents have mentioned, are not difficult to find but extremely difficult to harness. There’s along way to go yet.

Frederick Colbourne PERMALINK
May 23, 2017 2:27 pm
If politicians in developed countries persist in their deluded attempt to decarbonize, their political parties will disintegrate. In my opinion,this is a great threat to all modern democracies because it is uncertain what might creep out from under the rocks to replace our current political establishments.
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