The project implemented as MH21 ended on March 31, 2019.
The R & D project related to methane hydrate development will be conducted
by the MH21-S R & D consortium (*) organized under a new structure in April 2019.
New website is in preparation.
＊Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation(JOGMEC),
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST), and
Japan Methane Hydrate Operating Co., Ltd.(JMH)
"Research Consortium for Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan"(also known as MH21), an industry-government-academia collaboration research group, was established in FY2001 in order to undertake research in accordance with "Japan's Methane Hydrate R&D Program" announced in July 2001.
"Japan's Methane Hydrate R&D Program" is comprised of three phases. Phase 1 was finished in FY2008 and Phase 2 was started in FY2009.
This website introduces information concerning methane hydrate development in Japan, including basic information on methane hydrate and the accomplishments of MH21 in Phase 1.