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Has China found the 'energy of the future'? Beijing claims landmark success in mining flammable ice 4,000ft under South China Sea

中国找到“未来能源”了吗?北京称在南海4000英尺的海底开采到可燃冰是里程碑式的胜利



China has successfully mined flammable ice at sea after nearly two decades of research work. 

在经历20年的研究工作后北京成功的在海底开采到了天然气水合物(可燃冰)

The flammable ice was discovered in the South China Sea in 2007. 

2007年在南海发现了可燃冰。

According to Chinese state run Xinhua, one cubic metre of combustible ice is equal to 164 cubic metres of natural regular gas. 

据新华社报道,1立方米可燃冰可释放出164立方米天然气。



Minister of Land and Resources Jiang Daming announced the success on May 18. The mining site was located in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea, 320 kilometres of the coast of Zhuhai City. 

国土资源部长姜大明5月18号宣布了这个消息。开采地点位于南海的神狐海域,距离珠海市320公里。

The trial mining started on March 28  at a depth of 4,153 feet. During the trial, around 16,000 cubic metres of gas was extracted each day. 

这次试采始于3月28号,深度4153英尺。期间,每天开采的天然气达到1.6万立方米。

The methane content was up to 99.5 percent of natural gas. 

甲烷含量高达99.5%。