Gas hydrates may be seen as a panacea for the world's current energy woes. The possibilities of developing effective and economical methods of producing gas hydrates at an economically feasible rate have quadrupled due to the latest developments in technology.
The Makran coast in Pakistan provides significant geological evidence of the possible presence of oceanic hydrates (some 200m thick hydrate bearing zone along the entire offshore Makran belt have been identified through BSR surveys). This paper aims at identifying and correlating the propitious geological settings and palpable similarities of the hydrates around the world with those of Makran coast. The resulting study will help us in providing the possible methods of production and to solve those problems that may in future hinder the productive potential of the gas from these reservoirs. The correlation would help in identifying the possible future potential of producing gas, as it is being produced through hydrate dissociation in the Messoyakha gas field, Siberia. Possible challenges associated with the production from gas hydrates include environmental safety as well as drilling challenges. The correlation understudy in this paper will aim at identifying the possible solutions to these problems and will also show that many of the doubts propounded about the practicality of gas hydrate projects are mere hypothetical and literary conjectures.
The exploitation of gas hydrates in Makran would not only help the country at producing cheap energy locally, but would also lead to the development of better ways of exploiting these reserves all around the world. Pakistan could also catch-up with the Hydrate Research and Development Programs of the likes of India and Japan if serious cognizance is taken of these untapped frozen gas reserves off the coast of Makran.