Bluewhale 1, the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig in Zhuhai, Guangdong. China has succeeded in extracting methane gas from solid deposits under the sea. Photo: Xinhua

The promising new energy source Beijing is tapping from the South China Sea and why it matters

With its successful collection of methane gas from icy methane hydrate, China joined other nations exploring a potential and abundant clean energy resource

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Bluewhale 1, the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig in Zhuhai, Guangdong. China has succeeded in extracting methane gas from solid deposits under the sea. Photo: Xinhua
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.