Other Challenges

Goals for Assessment of Economical Feasibility

MH21 will present economical feasibility of developing methane hydrate-bearing layers off the coast of Japan and identify technical challenges in order to improve the economical feasibility.

Contents of the Research and Development for Assessment of Economical Feasibility

By using the evaluation tool for economical feasibility developed in Phase 1, and based on the results obtained by the MH21 Research Consortium, MH21 will study technical challenges for improving the economical feasibility as evaluating economical feasibility assumed for developing methane hydrate-bearing layers off the coast of Japan. This study is planed to be conducted in FY 2011 and FY 2015 when project evaluations are scheduled.

Goals of Phase 2 for Assessment of Economical Feasibility

Goal (FY 2011) Goal (FY 2015)
Evaluation of Economical Feasibility
Evaluation of economical feasibility
Based on the achievement of the research of the first half of Phase 2, review evaluation of economical feasibility of the methane hydrate development off the coast of Japan which was conducted in Phase 1. Present the economical feasibility of the methane hydrate development off the coast of Japan, based on offshore production tests, the study on the offshore development system, and so on, and identify the technical issues to improve economical feasibility.

Promotion of international cooperation

Through participation in overseas projects, etc., MH21 will grasp the trends of overseas studies on exploration, development, and basic research on methane hydrate. Furthermore, with recognition that outcomes and progress of overseas studies will in turn utilize and contribute to methane hydrate development promotion projects in Japan, MH21 will promote technical exchanges with overseas researchers in view of academic achievements, information, human resources, etc. while fully considering creation and enhancement of mutually beneficial relationships.

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