Oceanic Methane Hydrates

Oceanic Methane Hydrates

Fundamentals, Technological Innovations, and Sustainability

1st Edition - January 10, 2021

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  • Authors: Lin Chen, Sukru Merey
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185650
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185667

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 468
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2021
  • Published: January 10, 2021
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185650
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185667

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, China

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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  • Abbas Mon Apr 26 2021

    Great Contribution

    A great contribution to gas hydrate literature.

  • Li Thu Feb 18 2021

    Great content

    Congrats! Great content

  • Gunes I. Sun Feb 07 2021

    Recent updates about gas hydrates

    It is a good book covering the gas hydrate activities between 2002 and 2020.

  • Max Fri Jan 29 2021

    A good book

    Nice topic, Congrats!

  • Carl Tue Jan 26 2021

    Nice book about gas hydrates

    It is nice to see a gas hydrate book covering the recent developments.

  • Omar Mon Jan 25 2021

    Well done

    Well done

  • Abbas Sat Jan 23 2021

    A guide book for near-future energy resources

    A guide book for near-future energy resources...

  • Alex Tue Jan 19 2021

    Great book

    This is a great book covering the latest developments about gas hydrate exploration activities and production tests.