Appendix G
Projects Funded by DOE Under the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program



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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Appendix G Projects Funded by DOE Under the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States TABLE G.1 DOE-Funded Methane Hydrate Research-Related Projects With Project Details Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date High Resolution Processing of Seismic Data from GB 424 and 425 and MC 852 and 853, Gulf of Mexico WesternGeco J. Larry Cain 4/17/01 7/30/01 Gathering, Processing and Evaluating Seismic and Physical Data on Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico U.S. Geological Survey Deborah Hutchinson 9/9/97 8/31/04 A Submersible-Deployed Micro-Drill for Sampling of Shallow Gas Hydrate Deposits Texas A&M University Ian McDonald 5/1/01 9/30/02 Characterizing Marine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs Using 3-D Seismic Data University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology Robert Hardage 9/29/00 9/28/02

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non-DOE Cost Non-DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 32,000     32,000     2,389,180     441,000 966,800 181,000 190,160 43,000 18 94,000 96,160   700,418 178,477 20 101,426    

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date Gas Hydrates Research in Deep Sea Sediments Naval Research Laboratory Joseph Gettrust and Richard Coffin 9/15/97 9/30/04 Gulf of Mexico Sea Floor Stability and Gas Hydrates Monitoring Project University of Mississippi Carol Lutken 9/29/00 5/31/04 Field Study of Exposed and Buried Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Miriam Kastner 3/4/02 3/3/05 Characterizing Natural Gas Hydrates in the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico: Applications for Safe Exploration ChevronTexaco Emrys Jones 9/30/01 9/30/05

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non-DOE Cost Non-DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 1,498,638     578,000 110,638 210,000 2,503,618 704,223 22 833,624 799,560 214,304 334,256 89,320 21   198,381 135,875 10,579,059 3,024,075 22 1,376,181 128,674 2,551,878

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date Alaska North Slope Gas Hydrate Reservoir Characterization BP Exploration Robert Hunter 9/30/01 9/30/05 Characterizing Arctic Hydrates (Canadian Test Well and Alaskan “Wells of Opportunity”) U.S. Geological Survey Timothy Collett 9/2/97 12/30/04 The Mallik 2002 Consortium: Drilling and Testing a Gas Hydrate Well Geological Survey of Canada Scott Dallimore 9/28/01 8/31/04 Methane Hydrate Production from Alaskan Permafrost Maurer Technology Thomas Williams 9/30/01 9/30/04

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non DOE Cost Non DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 13,269,704 8,051,889 38 1,300,000 573,546 400,000 729,870 910,486 56 229,870   100,000 339,000 12,000,000 97 339,000     6,998,710 5,711,720 45 573,819 3,106,738 2,318,153

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date In Situ Sampling and Characterization of Methane Hydrate (ODP Leg 204 Hydrates Coring Expedition) Joint Oceanographic Institutions Frank Rack 9/30/01 10/31/05 Downhole Logging at Hydrate Ridge (ODP Leg 204) Columbia University David Goldberg 6/5/02 9/10/03 Three-Dimensional Structure and Physical Properties of Methane Hydrate Deposit at Blake Ridge University of Wyoming Steven Holbrook 9/28/00 9/30/03 Characterizing Gas Hydrate Kinetics and Biochemistry Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tommy Joe Phelps 6/30/00 12/30/03

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non DOE Cost Non DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 1,862,108 476,094 20 750,000 150,000 242,108 92,500 1,050,000 92   92,500   228,306 61,159 21 117,950     345,000       210,000  

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date Mesoscale Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Gas Hydrates Oak Ridge National Laboratory Claudia Rawn 9/1/01 3/31/03 Fundamental Physical Properties and Chemical Stability of Gas Hydrates Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory William Durham 6/30/00 3/31/03 X-Ray Scanning for Characterization of Gas Hydrate Bearing Cores Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Barry Freifeld 8/1/02 9/30/03 Characterization of Methane Hydrate Bearing Sediments and Hydrate Dissociation Kinetics Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pete McGrail 9/1/01 3/31/03

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non DOE Cost Non DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 565,000     300,000 150,000 35,000 570,000     300,000   150,000 393,000       50,000 280,000 340,000     100,000 40,000 200,000

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date Properties of Natural Gas Hydrates National Energy Technology Laboratory, Office of Science and Technology Robert Warzinski 9/30/98 9/30/03 Kinetics of Natural Gas Hydrates National Energy Technology Laboratory, Office of Science and Technology Charles Taylor 10/1/02 9/30/03 Physical Properties, Natural Gas Production, Environmental, and Safety and Seafloor Stability Aspects of Gas Hydrates National Energy Technology Laboratory, Office of Science and Technology Duane Smith 9/30/99 9/30/01 Natural Gas Analysis Support, Development of Techniques for Distribution of Gas Hydrate K&M Engineering and Consulting Corporation. Charles Byrer 3/16/98 4/25/99

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non DOE Cost Non DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 625,000     125,000 150,000 250,000 950,000       250,000 700,000 1,270,000     575,000 50,000   120,037          

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Performer Organization Lead Researcher Project Start Date Project End Date Geologic Environments Favorable for Formation and Stability of Gas Hydrates Geoexplorers International, Inc. Jan Krason 9/30/99 7/31/00 National Methane Hydrate Research Program Website Energy and Environmental Solutions, LLC (E2S) Ray Boswell 2/24/01 5/31/04

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Planned DOE Cost Planned Non DOE Cost Non DOE Cost Share (%) DOE Obligation (2001) DOE Obligation (2002) DOE Obligation (2003) 94,970           224,272     224,272     SOURCE: Data provided by DOE Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program, 2004.

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States TABLE G.2 DOE Methane Hydrate Research-Related Projects and Project Objectives (● primary target/objective; ○ secondary target/objective) Project Title Project Phase Research Topic and Geographic Emphasis Characteristic Hydrate Properties High Resolution Processing of Seismic Data from GB 424 and 425 and MC 852 and 853, Gulf of Mexico (GOM) 1 Field (GOM)   Gathering, Processing and Evaluating Seismic and Physical Data on Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico 1 Field (GOM) ○ A Submersible-Deployed Micro-Drill for Sampling of Shallow Gas Hydrate Deposits 1 Field (GOM)   Characterizing Marine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs Using 3-D Seismic Data 1 Field (GOM)   Gas Hydrates Research in Deep Sea Sediments 1 Field (GOM) ● Gulf of Mexico Sea Floor Stability and Gas Hydrates Monitoring Project   Field (GOM)   Field Study of Exposed and Buried Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico 1 Field (GOM)   Characterizing Natural Gas Hydrates in the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico: Applications for Safe Exploration 1 Field (GOM) ○

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Hydrate Distribution Hazard Mitigation Global Climate and Seafloor Stability Improved Tools for the Laboratory and in the Field Production Potential ●         ● ● ● ●       ● ●   ● ● ○ ●   ●   ○ ●     ○ ● ●     ○ ● ●   ● ●     ●

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Project Phase Research Topic and Geographic Emphasis Characteristic Hydrate Properties Alaska North Slope Gas Hydrate Reservoir Characterization 1 Field (Arctic)   Characterizing Arctic Hydrates (Canadian Test Well and Alaskan “Wells of Opportunity”) 1 Field (Arctic) ○ The Mallik 2002 Consortium: Drilling and Testing a Gas Hydrate Well 1 Field (Arctic)   Methane Hydrate Production from Alaskan Permafrost 1 Field (Arctic)   In Situ Sampling and Characterization of Methane Hydrate (ODP Leg 204 Hydrates Coring Expedition) 1 Field (Pacific) ○ Downhole Logging at Hydrate Ridge (ODP Leg 204) 1 Field (Pacific)   Three-Dimensional Structure and Physical Properties of Methane Hydrate Deposit at Blake Ridge 1 Field (East Coast)   Characterizing Gas Hydrate Kinetics and Biochemistry 2 Lab (Kinetics and biochemical.) ● Mesoscale Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Gas Hydrates 2 Lab (Geomechanical) ● Fundamental Physical Properties and Chemical Stability of Gas Hydrates 2 Lab (Geomechanical) ● X-Ray Scanning for Characterization of Gas Hydrate Bearing Cores 2 Lab (Geomechanical) ○ Characterization of Methane Hydrate Bearing Sediments and Hydrate Dissociation Kinetics 1 Lab (Kinetics) ● Improved Technologies for Detecting Gas Hydrates 2 Lab (Geochemical)   Collection and Microbiological Analysis of Gas Hydrate Cores 2 Lab (Biology) ●

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Hydrate Distribution Hazard Mitigation Global Climate and Seafloor Stability Improved Tools for the Laboratory and in the Field Production Potential ●       ● ● ●   ○ ● ● ●   ● ●   ○   ● ● ●     ●   ●     ●   ● ● ○ ●     ● ○ ○     ○         ○       ●     ●     ● ○ ○   ●     ●   ○   ● ○  

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Project Title Project Phase Research Topic and Geographic Emphasis Characteristic Hydrate Properties TOUGH2 Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Development 2 Lab (Modeling)   Mechanical Testing of Gas Hydrate/Sediment Samples 1 Lab (Geomechanical) ● Fundamentals of Natural Gas and Species Flows from Hydrate Dissociation—Applications to Safety Problems 3 Lab (Modeling)   Petrophysical Characterization and Reservoir Simulator for Gas Hydrate Production and Hazard Avoidance in the Gulf of Mexico 1 Lab (Geomechanical and modeling) ● Structural Characterization of Natural Gas Hydrates 1 Lab (Kinetics) ● Membership in Joint Industry Project for Control of Hydrate Production Problems 1 Lab (Geomechanical) ● Properties of Natural Gas Hydrates 1 Lab (Geomechanical) ● Kinetics of Natural Gas Hydrates 1 Lab (Kinetics) ● Physical Properties, Natural Gas Production, Environmental, and Safety and Seafloor Stability Aspects of Gas Hydrates 1 Lab (Geomechanical) ● Natural Gas Analysis Support, Development of Techniques for Distribution of Gas Hydrate 1 Crosscut ○ Geologic Environments Favorable for Formation and Stability of Gas Hydrates 1 Crosscut ○ National Methane Hydrate Research Program Web site 1 Crosscut ○

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States Hydrate Distribution Hazard Mitigation Global Climate and Seafloor Stability Improved Tools for the Laboratory and in the Field Production Potential   ●   ● ●   ● ○ ●     ● ○ ○ ●   ○   ● ●   ○   ●     ○     ○       ●         ●     ○ ○   ● ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○   SOURCE: Data provided by DOE Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program, 2004.

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