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 Su bmarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs




SUGAR I:  August 2008 – July 2011

SUGAR II:  August 2011 – July 2014

SUGAR III:  October 2014 – March 2018




The German gas hydrate initiative “SUGAR – Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs” is a collaborative R&D project with 16 partners from SMEs, industry and research institutions. The project is coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). SUGAR I was launched in 2008 and  successfully continuing in its 2nd phase, running from 2011 to 2014 and the current 3rd phase running until March 2018.



SUGAR: The Main Aims


  • Develop and test cost-efficient and environmentally sound technologies for gas hydrate exploration and exploitation

  • Enable German industries to provide key technologies for the future global gas hydrate market

  • Foster knowledge transfer between industry and academia

  • Prepare a large-scale European gas hydrate initiative and a field test in European waters where gas is produced from hydrates using novel production technologies





SUGAR is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Additional financial and R&D support is provided by the company RWE Dea AG.  All participating SME partners finance 50% of their project budget.