This hydrates research project is focused on five distinct research tasks:

Numerical Simulation
THCM Code
Laboratory Characterization
Outreach
System Analysis

Numerical Simulation Supports for Gas Hydrates Accumulation and Productions at Potential Reservoirs, Validating Laboratory Tests, and Production Technique Development

This task is to:

(1) perform simulations of hydrate deposits based on the prospective test “L-Pad” site in the Prudhoe Bay Unit in permafrost of ANS,

(2) perform simulations of the marine hydrate reservoir model based on the NGHP-02 Site 16A (Area B) deposit in the offshore of India,

(3) develop new techniques to improve production and site utilization, and

(4) validate the newly developed thermos-hydro-mechanical sand production formation with experimental and field data for field application. This task will also develop a modeling platform of a gas hydrate petroleum system, including compilation of datasets in the Walker Ridge Block and workflow development for basin modeling for a gas hydrate petroleum system in the GOM area.