Gas hydrate discovery project 70% complete

Feb 08, 2014 12:00 AM

The project for exploration of gas hydrates in the Sea of Oman has progressed more than 70 percent, a top researcher said.

Saleh Hendi, head of the Department for Upstream Industries Research and Technology in the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, told that the project is aimed at discovering shale oil and gas in Iran. He said seismic testing is being used for exploring unconventional oil and gas sources.

Hendi predicted the project to be finalized by next September.

“Given the decline in the conventional oil and gas sources and the world energy consumption price hikes, access to alternative sources of energy is inevitable,” he said.

Gas hydrates are crystalline water-based solids physically resembling ice, in which small non-polar molecules (typically gases) or polar molecules with large hydrophobic moieties are trapped inside "cages" of hydrogen bonded water molecules.

In other words, clathrate hydrates are clathrate compounds in which the host molecule is water and the guest molecule is typically a gas or liquid.


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