Oregon coast collecting and preserving hydrate samples. The area of interest is Hydrate Ridge, where two tectonic plates converge and scientific surveys indicate massive accumulations of hydrate. The cruise was dedicated to understanding the biochemical factors controlling the distribution and concentration of gas hydrate in an accretionary margin setting. The goal of the study is to characterize hydrate accumulation at Hydrate Ridge and improve the ability to use geophysical and subsurface logging to identify hydrate. Performers: Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI); Texas A&M University-Texas A&M Research Foundation; Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

Petrophysical Characterization and Reservoir Simulator for Gas Hydrate Production and Hazard Avoidance in the Gulf of Mexico

In order to expand the current knowledge of gas hydrate behavior in the natural environment, this project is designed to study hydrate formation and dissociation in sediments under deepwater conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. This laboratory study will reproduce natural deepwater conditions and, using computed tomography (CT) scanning, will allow scientists to observe the formation and dissociation of hydrate in different types of sediment under various temperature and pressure regimes. The goal of the project is to develop new methodologies to characterize the physical properties of methane hydrate/sediment systems. Performers: Westport Technology Center Inter-national/Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.; University of Houston.


Characterizing Natural Gas Hydrates in the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico: Applications for Safe Exploration

This study is designed to identify key hydrate sites in the Gulf of Mexico. WesternGeco, a partner on this project, identified possible key hydrate locations for subsequent modeling and analysis in the Gulf. Using three-dimensional seismic data, possible locations for subsequent modeling and analysis were identified. Two sites were selected for further evaluation and subsequent drilling; they are the Atwater Block 14 and Keathley Canyon Block 195 in the Gulf of Mexico. The overall goal of the project is to develop a better understanding of the impact of hydrate on safety and seafloor stability in the Gulf of Mexico. Performers: ChevronTexaco

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