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Oceanic Methane Hydrates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128185650, 9780128185667

Oceanic Methane Hydrates

1st Edition

Fundamentals, Technological Innovations, and Sustainability

Authors: Lin Chen Sukru Merey
Paperback ISBN: 9780128185650
eBook ISBN: 9780128185667
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 10th January 2021
Page Count: 468
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Methane hydrates are still a complicated target for today’s oil and gas offshore engineers, particularly the lack of reliable real field test data or obtaining the most recent technology available on the feasibility and challenges surrounding the extraction of methane hydrates. Oceanic Methane Hydrates delivers the solid foundation as well as today’s advances and challenges that remain. Starting with the fundamental knowledge on gas hydrates, the authors define the origin, estimations, and known exploration and production methods. Historical and current oil and gas fields and roadmaps containing methane hydrates around the world are also covered to help lay the foundation for the early career engineer. Lab experiments and advancements in numerical reservoir simulations transition the engineer from research to practice with real field-core sampling techniques covered, points on how to choose producible methane hydrate reservoirs, and the importance of emerging technologies. Actual comparable onshore tests from around the world are included to help the engineer gain clarity on field expectations.

Rounding out the reference are emerging technologies in all facets of the business including well completion and monitoring, economics aspects to consider, and environmental challenges, particularly methods to reduce the costs of methane hydrate exploration and production techniques. Rounding out a look at future trends, Oceanic Methane Hydrates covers both the basics and advances needed for today’s engineers to gain the required knowledge needed to tackle this challenging and exciting future energy source.

Key Features

  • Understand real data and practice examples covering the newest developments of methane hydrate, from chemical, reservoir modelling and production testing
  • Gain worldwide coverage and analysis of the most recent extraction production tests
  • Cover the full range of emerging technologies and environmental sustainability including current regulations and policy outlook


Petroleum engineering university and institutional researchers; production engineers; offshore engineers; graduate-level oil and gas engineering students

Table of Contents

Section 1 Fundamentals and Models

Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Methane Hydrate

1.1. Origin of Hydrates

1.2. Existence of Hydrates

1.3. Methane Hydrate Reservoirs

1.4. Methane Hydrate Explorations and Estimations

1.5. Methane Hydrate Production Methods


Chapter 2 Research and Development in Major Countries

2.1. From Oil/Gas Fields to Methane Hydrate Fields

2.2. On-land Explorations and Offshore Explorations

2.3. Historical Developments of Field Techniques

2.3. Roadmaps and Challenges


Chapter 3 Micro-Scale Concepts and Dissociation Dynamics

3.1. Microscopic Structure of Methane Hydrate

3.2. Interfacial Dynamics and Micro-Scale Experiments

3.3. Pore Network Modelling

3.4. Sand Movement in Micro-Scale


Chapter 4 Core-Scale in-lab Experiments

4.1. Pore Filling Characters and Chemistry of Sand/Soil Layers

4.2. Permeability Measurements and Comparison

4.3. Relative Permeability Concept

4.4. Hydrate Dissociation Experiments in Core-Scale

4.5. CT and Other Visualization Applications


Chapter 5 Advancement in Numerical Simulations in Methane Hydrate Reservoirs

5.1. Importance and History of Numerical Simulators

5.2. Laboratory Scale Simulations

5.3. Reservoir Scale Simulations

5.4. Recent Developments and Scaling Analysis

5.5. Importance of Geomechanics in Simulations

5.6. Molecular Dynamics Methods

Section 2 Field Practice and Activities

Chapter 6 Real Field Core-Sampling and Analysis

6.1. Geomechanic fundamentals

6.2. Old Core Sampling Techniques

6.3. High Pressurized Core Sampling Techniques

6.4. Core Sample Geochemical Analysis

6.5. Core Sample Visualization Analysis


Chapter 7 Reservoir-Scale Considerations and Methods

7.1. Key Points to Choose Producible Methane Hydrate Reservoirs

7.2 Importance of Well Logs to Identify Reservoir

7.3. Real Geological Considerations


Chapter 8 Real Onshore Tests in Russia, Canada and USA

8.1. Messoyakha Permafrost Field Test

8.2. Mallik Permafrost Field Test

8.3. Ignik Sikumi Permafrost Field Test


Chapter 9 Real Offshore Tests in Japan and China

9.1. Offshore Production Tests in Japan

9.2. Offshore Production Test in China

9.3. Implications for Long-Term Production


Chapter 10 Activities in the Mid-East, Europe and Other Regions

10.1. Activities in Gulf of Mexico

10.2. Activities in the Black Sea

10.3. Activities in the Mediterranean Sea

10.4. Activities in Persian Gulf

10.5. Activities in the Caspian Sea

10.6. Activities in Other Regions


Chapter 11 Comparisons of Field Activities in Different Worldwide Sites

11.1. Geological Settings

11.2. Technological Routes

11.3. Outcomes and Strategies


Section 3 Emerging Technologies and Environmental Sustainability

Chapter 12 Emerging Technologies

12.1. Industry Level Developments

12.2. Exploration Technologies

12.3. Drilling Technologies

12.4. Well Completion Technologies

12.5. Platforms and Production Technologies


Chapter 13 Economic Aspect and Environmental Issues

13.1. Conventional Hydrocarbon Reserves and Natural Gas Prices

13.2. The methods to reduce the cost of methane hydrate exploration and production techniques

13.3. Environment Issues and Regulations


Chapter 14 Policy Assessment and Outlook for Future


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About the Authors

Lin Chen

Dr. Lin Chen is now a full Professor in the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a joint professor in the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His current research topics include unconventional energy resources (methane hydrate), supercritical fluids, multiscale heat/mass transfer, and advanced measurement techniques. In recent years, he has authored more than 120 well-cited international journal papers, conference papers/presentations/keynotes. He was the winner of AUTSE Young Scholar Award in 2018. He is the Associate Editor of ASME JNERS and board for The J. of Supercritical Fluids (Elsevier). He has published several books/chapters, including the most famous one on energy conversion (“Advanced Applications of Supercritical Fluids in Energy Systems”, IGI Global, 2017, 680 pages).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sukru Merey

Dr. Sukru Merey is an Associate Professor in Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Batman University, Turkey. He graduated BSc., MSc. and PhD from Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2009, 2013, and 2017 respectively. He worked as a well completion engineer at Turkish Petroleum Corporation more than 1 year between 2010 and 2011. His current research topics include well completion, well stimulation, reservoir simulation, adsorption, CO2 sequestration, shale gas reservoirs, coalbed methane, and gas hydrates.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Batman University, Turkey

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