Natural Gas Hydrates

A Guide for Engineers


  • John Carroll, Gas Liquids Engineering, Ltd.

Rarely covered in formal engineering courses, natural gas hydrates are a common problem and real-life danger for engineers worldwide. Updated and more practical than ever, Natural Gas Hydrates, Third Edition helps managers and engineers get up to speed on all the most common hydrate types, how to forecast when they will appear, and safely mitigate their removal. Known for being highly flammable, gas hydrates are a preventable threat that can costs millions of dollars in damage, as well as take the lives of workers and engineers on the rig. The third edition of Natural Gas Hydrates is enhanced with today’s more complex yet practical utilization needs including:

  • New hydrate types and formers, including mercaptans and other sulfur compounds
  • Vital information on how to handle hydrate formation in the wellbore, useful information in light of the Macondo explosion and resulting oil spill
  • More detailed phase diagrams, such as ternary systems, as well as more relevant multicomponent mixtures

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Chemical Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Pipeline Engineers, Drilling Engineers, Completion Engineers, and Production Engineers


Book information

  • Published: June 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-800074-8

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition

Preface to Second Edition

Preface to Third Edition


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Hydrate Types and Formers

Chapter 3: Hand Calculation Methods

Chapter 4: Computer Methods

Chapter 5: Inhibiting Hydrate Formation with Chemicals

Chapter 6: Dehydration of Natural Gas

Chapter 7: Combating Hydrates using Heat and Pressure

Chapter 8: Physical Properties of Hydrates

Chapter 9: Phase Diagrams

Chapter 10: Water Content of Natural Gas

Chapter 11: Additional Topics