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NGRI finds gas hydrate reserves along east coast of India

23 November 2011

HYDERABAD: Huge reserves of gas hydrates have been identified along the east coast of India by scientists from the National Geophysical Research Institute.

The initial estimation of the reserves are said to be at least 1,500 times the country’s current fossil fuel reserves – coal, oil and natural gas put together, Kalanchand Sain, a senior scientist leading the research group in the Institute, which is under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, told media.

Gas hydrates are crystalline solid and ice-like minerals that form at low temperatures and high pressure in the deep sea. Hydrates contain gases, such as hydrocarbons that glue themselves inside symmetrical cages of water molecules to form hydrate crystals.

“These hydrates are not exploited anywhere in the world. So, we can say it is the future source of energy. The potential is huge and estimates reveal that it is more than two times the conventional gas and coal and a lot of research has to be done to develop newer technologies to extract those fuel reserves,” Sain said.

The hydrate reserves are found in Krishna-Godavari basin, Mahanadi basin and Andaman region, he said.

Though there were some signatures of reserves at Kerala-Konkan region, they were negligible, as compared to the eastern region, the scientist added……….

Read more: http://m.economictimes.com/PDAET/articleshow/10839379.cms

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November 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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