Natural gas hydrates: Status of potential as an energy resource

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Gas hydrate is a widespread naturally-occurring combination of water and natural gases. Gas hydrate is found in shallow sediments of deepwater regions of the continental margins and in areas of continuous permafrost. Where gas supply is sufficient and migration pathways connect gas sources to favorable reservoirs, gas hydrate can accumulate to resource densities that may be attractive for gas production. Global research on the potential commercial viability of gas extraction from gas hydrates continues, predominantly in Asia and in the United States, where current efforts focus on the controlled destabilization of high-saturation deposits housed in sand and/or silt-rich reservoirs. This chapter reviews the current state of gas hydrate resource exploration and appraisal, the most promising production approaches identified to date, and the likely technical challenges to commercial production.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Natural gas hydrates: Status of potential as an energy resource
Chapter 6
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-102886-5.00006-2
Edition 3
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description 21 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Future energy
First page 111
Last page 131
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