High-purity natural gas hydrate reserves have been identified in the eastern shores of the Pearl River, Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Land and Resources. The reserves, spread over 55 square kilometers, are estimated at 100 to 150 billion cubic meters. According to the ministry’s estimate, each cubic meter of natural gas hydrate can be converted into 164 to 180 cubic meters of natural gas. Natural gas hydrate, commonly known as combustible ice, is a solid form of methane and water and is often found in seabed and tundra areas. It can be used as a source of clean energy.
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