HUGE ENERGY RESOURCE FOUND IN MARIANAS TRENCH
By Agnes E. Donato
SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, ) – The world’s largest deposit of deuterium,
which can replace most forms of fuel in powering engines, can be found in the
Marianas and Philippine trenches, according to a research by a local group.
Former Rep. Manasses S. Borja and Melqui Pacis, of Western International
Corp., said the Marianas and the Philippines have a deuterium deposit 868
miles long — 52 miles at its widest point, and 7 miles at its deepest point
in the Marianas.
This deposit, they added, is "replenished by nature 24 hours a day" through
the north equatorial current tidal flow which carries deuterium all the way
from Central America.
Deuterium, a form of concentrated hydrogen, is used in the production of
natural gas now utilized in Canada, America, Germany and Sweden, to provide
fuel for cars, trucks and jet planes, said Pacis and Borja, who is running
for a Precinct 2 seat in the House of Representatives.
"Deuterium can replace gasoline, (liquefied petroleum gas), (liquefied
natural gas), Avgas, etc. in powering all types of internal combustion
engines. It does not emit pollutants or any harmful carbon monoxide and does
not cause any environmental problems because it is in the water family," they
They added, "Deuterium as hydrogen fuel can also be used for cooking,
lighting, and heating, and as heavy water fuel for reactors in electric power
generation. (Aside from the CNMI), only the Philippines can supply all the
requirements in deuterium as hydrogen fuel and as hydrogen for food, chemical
and metal industries worldwide for the next two centuries."
Borja and Pacis are urging the governments of the CNMI and the Philippines to
promote the deuterium deposit to investors.
Borja and Pacis reported that prospective investors from the U.S., Japan and
Saudi Arabia had expressed interest in the project.
"The rule of thumb investment estimates is about $200 million for every 1
million barrels daily production capacity — a very much lower
investment-capacity ratio than petroleum production," they said. "At 12
million barrels per day capacity, the estimated total investment is $2.4
October 30, 2003
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SOURCE: Pacific Islands Report
Reading from some comments, I found out that large deposit of this element can be found in Surigao, my hometown. =)
It's just sickening to know that politics can be the primary reason why nobody wants to push through the project.
It could definitely make Filipinos rich. It all comes down to putting first their own interests rather than for the common good.