DOE's Unconventional Gas Research Programs 1976-1995
SOURCE: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region

3.5.1. Methane Hydrates Workshop (March 1982)

The Workshop, attended by more than 60 individuals, aided in the identification of the correct community for sharing ideas and data, and laid the conceptual foundation for an R&D program which continued from 1982 through 1992.

The Workshop attendees came to the conclusion that there was a need for:

  • The Federal Government to provide coordination, integration and synthesis of R&D program elements with the goal of ultimately establishing an estimate of future gas reserves from methane hydrates,
  • The establishment of Government/industry cooperation in R&D,
  • The development of techniques and procedures for the creation of synthetic hydrate cores for laboratory research,
  • The acquisition of natural hydrate cores for the characterization of hydrates in situ,
  • The development of agreements for information exchange with other countries,
  • The establishment of both laboratory and field research programs, and
  • The creation and maintenance of an in-depth knowledge base for future hydrate research.

In addition, workshop participants recommended that the Federal Government:
  • Provide the coordination and integration and act as a focal point for future research related to gas hydrates,
  • Prepare a plan that would lead to estimates of resource potential and economically recoverable reserves based on production technologies yet-to-be-designed,
  • Develop agreements for cooperative research and work with oil and gas companies to establish agreements for wells-of-opportunity in the Kuparuk Field, Alaska, and to
  • Develop plans for the collection of cores and logging and from wells-of-opportunity at marine locations.

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Cover Page

Executive Summary

1. Background

2. GRI Research into Unconventional Gas Resources

3. Structure of the Enhanced Gas Recovery Program (EGR)

  • 3.1. Eastern Gas Shales Program (1976-1992)

  • 3.1.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.1.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.1.3. Key Eastern Gas Shales Projects
  • 3.1.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.1.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE and Other Research Related to Eastern Gas Shales

  • 3.2. Western Gas Sands Program (1978-1992)

  • 3.2.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.2.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.2.3. Key Western Gas Sands Projects
  • 3.2.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.2.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE Research Related to Tight Gas Sands

  • 3.3. Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Program (1978-1982)

  • 3.3.1. Key Questions Related to Coal Seam Methane
  • 3.3.2. MRCP Program Design and Overview
  • 3.3.3. Key Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Projects
  • 3.3.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.3.5. Subsequent Research Related to Methane Recovery from Coalbeds

  • 3.4. Deep Source Gas Project (1982-1992)

  • 3.4.1. Key Deep Source Gas Projects
  • 3.4.2. Highlights of Important Results

  • 3.5. Methane Hydrates Program (1982-1992)

  • 3.5.1. Methane Hydrates Workshop (March 1982)
  • 3.5.2. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.5.3. Program Design
  • 3.5.4. Major Contracted Gas Hydrates Projects
  • 3.5.5. Methane Hydrate Research Efforts of METC's In-House Organization
  • 3.5.6. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.5.7. Subsequent Developments in Methane Hydrate Research

  • 3.6. Secondary Gas Recovery (1987-1995)

  • 3.6.1. Key Objectives and Program Design
  • 3.6.2. Major Projects
  • 3.6.3. Major Results

    4. Elements of Spreadsheet Bibliographies (by Program)

    Appendix A: Details of Major 1970-1980 Unconventional Gas Resource Assessments

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