November 7, 2012

Largest Source of Natural Gas, Bigger than Shale Gas

The largest source of natural gas, bigger than shale gas reserves worldwide containing 100,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Per USGS (via EIA)

World’s methane hydrates may contain between 10,000 and 100,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Gas hydrates will be the largest (and untapped) fossil energy resource, larger than all current oil and gas sources combined.

For example, compare this to Chevron’s Gorgon Project estimated to contain 35.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Work on how to tap these gas hydrates continues. 
Methane hydrates (or gas hydrates) are cage-like lattices of water molecules containing methane, the chief constituent of natural gas.

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