Iran to finalize studies on gas hydrate reserves in Oman Sea
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran will finalize studies on gas hydrate reserves in the Sea of Oman within the next month, said Hormoz Ghalavand, Director of exploration Dept. of the National Iranian Oil Company.
Ghalavand said studies are underway in order to estimate the volume of gas hydrate reserves in the Sea of Oman by two-dimensional seismic surveys, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on October 10.
Gas hydrate is a crystalline water-based solid physically resembling ice, in which small non-polar molecules (typically gases) or polar molecules with large hydrophobic moieties are trapped inside 'cages' of hydrogen-bonded water molecules.
In 2012, Iran's Research Institute of the Petroleum Industry reported it has discovered giant gas hydrate reserves in the country's territorial waters in the Sea of Oman.