ICCS2: The 2nd International Code Comparison Study for Gas Hydrate


Numerical Simulations

Reservoir Simulation: HydraResSim, CMG-STAR, OpenTHCM (under development)

Basin and Petroleum System Modeling: PetroMod (Schlumberger)

Laboratory Testing

Gas Hydrate Testing Units: measuring permeability, relative permeability, geomechanical strength and stress, acoustic velocity

X-Ray CT Scanners and Pore Network Analysis: multiscale visualization of hydrate-bearing sediment using a series of x-ray CT scanners including high resolution micro CT, utilized for direction observation as well as pore network realization and modeling

Pressure Core Characterization Tools (under development): A state-of-art toolset to manipulate, subcore, and characterize pressure cores under in-situ pressure and temperature

National Energy Technology Laboratory - National Gas Hydrate Research and Development Program:

Gas Hydrates

Gas Hydrate Projects

DOE Oil and Gas Research

Office of Oil and Natural Gas

SEAB Methane Hydrates Task Force Report Published

On June 17, 2015, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, asked the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) to form a task force to review the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) methane hydrate research program. The charge was to evaluate the program’s research activities and progress in (1) understanding the assessment and exploitation of hydrates as an energy resource, and (2) understanding the environmental impact of hydrates. The Task Force’s report was published on January 26, 2016 and is available online (

Gas Hydrates Science and Technology Assessment Published

As part of its Quadrennial Technology Review carried out in 2015, the Department of Energy published a number of Technology Assessments, including one on Gas Hydrates Research and Development. This document was based on discussions conducted within the Interagency Gas Hydrate Technical Coordination Team (TCT), which includes representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Assessment also drew from the Marine Gas Hydrate Field Research Plan developed for the DOE in coordination with the gas hydrate scientific community and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

US Deepwater Gas Hydrate resources:

Assessment of In-Place Gas Hydrate Resources of the Lower 48 United States Outer Continental Shelf - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

US Alaska Gas Hydrate resources:

Assessment of Gas Hydrate Resources on the North Slope, Alaska, 2008 - USGS

Resolution of concerns regarding gas hydrate as a potential source of atmospheric methane:

Gas Hydrate Breakdown Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release - USGS

External Review of the state of the Art in Gas hydrate:

The United Nations Environmental Program Assessment:

Frozen Heat: A Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates: Volume One

Schlumberger Business Consulting Assessment:

Gas Hydrates - Schlumberger

National Research Council Assessment:

Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States - 2010

DOE and Partner Reviews

Quadrennial Technology Review 2015

Gas Hydrates Research and Development


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