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

Numerical Simulation
Laboratory Characterization
System Analysis

Systems Engineering & Analysis (SE&A)

The subtask will provide an analysis of the potential for production from methane hydrates to replace declining production of conventional and unconventional natural gas production in the 2040 time frame. This analysis will examine onshore and offshore methane hydrate production potential and infrastructure needs to deliver the produced gas to market. Literature/scoping study on current studies on impact of methane hydrate release on the environment and on climate change either by dissolution or production will also be executed.