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Volume: 49 (1965)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 286

Last Page: 295

Title: "Suiyosei-Ten'Nengasu," A Special Type of Japanese Natural Gas Deposit

Author(s): S. S. Marsden (3), Kozo Kawai (4)


Natural gas is produced in Japan from three distinct types of sources. The first is the conventional "oil-field gas" or "wet gas" which is similar to that found elsewhere in the world; the second is the natural gas found associated with coal-bearing deposits; and the third is "suiyosei-ten'nengasu" or the "dry gas" which is found dissolved in underground water (usually brine). Only the latter type is discussed in this paper. The literature in Japanese has been carefully and critically reviewed to present our current knowledge of the location and geologic description of these fields; the theories of the origin and migration of the gas; the production mechanisms of the two sub-types of fields; the economics of drilling and production; the current production rates, productio rate trends and reserve estimates; the chemical composition and utilization of the gas and the brine; and the future prospects for this type of field both in Japan and elsewhere.

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