METHANE HYDRATE PRODUCTION FROM ALASKAN PERMAFROST Page: 3 of 69
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Natural-gas hydrates have been encountered beneath the permafrost and
considered a nuisance by the oil and gas industry for years. Engineers working in
Russia, Canada and the USA have documented numerous drilling problems, including
kicks and uncontrolled gas releases, in arctic regions. Information has been generated
in laboratory studies pertaining to the extent, volume, chemistry and phase behavior of
gas hydrates. Scientists studying hydrate potential agree that the potential is great - on
the North Slope of Alaska alone, it has been estimated at 590 TCF. However, little
information has been obtained on physical samples taken from actual rock containing
This gas-hydrate project is in the second year of a three-year endeavor being
sponsored by Maurer Technology, Noble, and Anadarko Petroleum, in partnership with
the DOE. The purpose of the project is to build on previous and ongoing R&D in the
area of onshore hydrate deposition. We plan to identify, quantify and predict production
potential for hydrates located on the North Slope of Alaska. We also plan to design and
implement a program to safely and economically drill, core and produce gas from arctic
The current work scope is to drill and core a well on Anadarko leases in FY 2003
and 2004. We are also using an on-site core analysis laboratory to determine some of
the physical characteristics of the hydrates and surrounding rock. The well is being
drilled from a new Anadarko Arctic Platform that will have minimal footprint and
environmental impact. We hope to correlate geology, geophysics, logs, and drilling and
production data to allow reservoir models to be calibrated. Ultimately, our goal is to
form an objective technical and economic evaluation of reservoir potential in Alaska.
Maurer Technology Inc.
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Williams, Thomas E.; Millheim, Keith & King, Buddy. METHANE HYDRATE PRODUCTION FROM ALASKAN PERMAFROST, report, March 1, 2004; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc787199/m1/3/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.