Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen today said methane gas (gas hydrate) has been found in the Bay of Bengal. This information has come up in a research study at sea.
A press conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday on the results of a study on gas hydrate (methane) and marine genetic resources in the Bay of Bengal. During this, Dr. AK Abdul Momen shared the information.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Maritime Affairs Unit) Mohammad Khurshid Alam were also present at the press conference.
Khurshid Alam said, “We have not been able to survey the whole area yet. But as far as we’re concerned, we think 17 to 103 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas hydrate is available here. Gas hydrate is accumulated methane gas.”
Noted that natural gas hydrates reside on the bottom of the deep sea or in perforated soils. It is also known as ‘combustible ice’, ‘solid gas’ or ‘gas ice’.
Natural gas hydrates contain 80 percent to 99.9 percent methane. Its combustion pollution is much lower and richer than coal, oil and other natural gas. It has been stored globally for a thousand years as an alternative fuel for the future.
At present, more than 30 countries and regions have been conducting research on ‘Shining Ice’. Over the last two years, the country has made great strides in mining research.