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This year’s Energy Mineral Division columns have kept to a common theme: opportunity in change. The plan for the final installment was to talk about climate change. Since November’s column, a much more immediate and inclusive change has enveloped the globe with the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. How can we see opportunity through the current cloud of uncertainty and in the face of fear and grief?

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The China Ministry of Natural Resources reported on 27-March-2020 that several breakthroughs were made during a recent trial gas hydrate production test in the South China Sea. The tested was conducted in the Shenhu sea area at a water depth of 1,225 meters, the test produced 861,400 cubic meters of gas, with an average daily production rate of 28,700 cubic meters. The ministry's geological survey bureau, together with more than 70 entities including China National Petroleum Corporation and Peking University, launched the country's second gas hydrate production test startings on 17-February-2020 and was completed on 18-March-2020.

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The National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, and the U.S. Geological Survey are leading an effort to conduct an extended gas hydrate production test in northern Alaska. The proposed production test required the drilling of an initial stratigraphic test well (STW) to confirm the geologic conditions of the proposed test site. This well was completed in December 2018 in cooperation with the Prudhoe Bay Unit Interest Owners.

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