Gas hydrate potential and orientation of investigation in the Vietnamese sea

Vũ Trường Sơn, Đỗ Tử Chung, Trịnh Nguyên Tính, Nguyễn Biểu,                              
Nguyễn Đức Thắng, Trần Nghi, Văn Đức Nam

Gas hydrate (GH) is a new energy source. Many countries worldwide have paid a great attention to GH because of its huge reserves and the ability to affect global climate change. GH research and investigation has been conducted in many countries around the world at the beginning of the 70s of the 20th century. Today, 92 countries around the world are conducting the GH research and investigation programs at different levels. The research, investigation and assessment technology of GH potential in the world was fully developed. In Canada, GH test production has conducted in the Mallick GH field from 2002 to 2008. Other countries such as USA, Japan, Korea, China also have the National Gas Hydrate R&D Programs - with the goal of GH commercial production in the near future. Viet Nam coast is located in the East Sea where the GH potential ranked fifth in Asia. However, Viet Nam has not appropriately invested yet to investigate and research potential of this resource. Recently, the task of gas hydrate research and investigation is assigned mainly to the VASI and PVN. This paper give a preliminary assessment of GH potential of Viet Nam based on the studies of Vietnam's and foreign scientists on the conditions and prerequisites of GH formation, indicators concerning to GH in the waters and continental shelf of Viet Nam; at the same time, the paper also provides some orientations of research and investigation in Viet Nam seas.


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