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China Claims Major Advance in Extraction of ‘Combustible Ice’

By Fran Wang and Pan Che
Flames from burning methane gas shoot from a Chinese drilling platform in the South China Sea. China announced that it has extracted methane gas in a stable and consistent way from gas hydrate, also known as
Flames from burning methane gas shoot from a Chinese drilling platform in the South China Sea. China announced that it has extracted methane gas in a stable and consistent way from gas hydrate, also known as "combustible ice," for the first time. Photo: Ministry of Land and Resources

(Beijing) — China says it has extracted methane gas in a stable way from an unconventional source of fuel known as “combustible ice” — an event the government claimed is a first that could trigger a revolution in the energy world.

Chinese miners produced methane gas from what is properly called gas hydrate for eight straight days ending Thursday from a drilling platform in the South China Sea, according to the China Geological Survey (CGS).

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