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Methane Hydrate Research and Modeling

Research is focused on understanding the physical and chemical nature of gas hydrate-bearing sediments. These studies advance the understanding of the in situ nature of GHBS and their potential response in terms of fluid flow and geomechanical response to destabilizing forces. The latest research results from DOE projects, both current and completed, can be found on the NETL website. These include:

Modeling activities are centered on a multi-national effort to optimize computer codes for simulating methane hydrate reservoir behavior. The Code Comparison Study compares the results of simulations of field and laboratory data sets by several commercial and public methane hydrate reservoir simulators. This allows for improvement in the models and also generates a repository of simulations of hydrate formation and dissociation behavior. Research at DOE national labs provides laboratory data on methane hydrate formation and dissociation that is used to enhance the models.