China mines combustible ice

Added On May 20, 2017

China has obtained samples of combustible ice in the South China Sea, a major breakthrough that could lead to a global energy revolution.
Minister of Land and Resources on Thursday said this is China's first success in mining flammable ice at sea, after nearly two decades of research and exploration.
Combustible ice usually exists in seabed or tundra areas, which have the strong pressure and low temperature necessary for its stability. It can be ignited like solid ethanol, which is why it is called "combustible ice."
One cubic meter of "combustible ice", a kind of natural gas hydrate, is equal to 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas.
China found flammable ice in the South China Sea in 2007.
Scientists have predicted natural gas hydrate is the best replacement for oil and natural gas.