For the first time in the history of ocean floor produced «flammable ice», which in the future may become a substitute for oil and gas. This success was achieved by Chinese oil companies. According to experts, one cubic meter of a substance is equivalent to 160 cubic meters of natural gas in the vapor state.
Oil companies from China for the first time in the history extracted from the bottom of the South China sea «combustible ice.» The so-called Union of water and natural gas, which is turned into a crystalline solid under high pressure and low temperatures. According to TASS, this substance is able in the future to replace oil and gas.
The samples were able to raise from the depth of more than 1.2 kilometers. 200-meter underwater well is located 285 km South-East of Hong Kong. According to participants of the project, one cubic meter of a substance is equivalent to 160 cubic meters of natural gas in the vapor state. Thus, 100 liters of gas a car can travel 300 kilometers, and 100 litres of «combustible ice» — 50 thousand kilometers.
As said the Deputy chief engineer of the Department of geological studies PRC E Sanglan, has already produced 120 cubic meters of this energy source. The methane content in it is 99.5%.
According to the Deputy of Department of geological research of the Ministry of land and resources of China Li Cinfa, China has occupied the leading positions in mining of «combustible ice.» He added that it will be as big event as occurred in the U.S. shale revolution. Cinfa noted that the methods of energy usage in the future will undergo a transformation.