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Alaska Gas Hydrate Production Field Experiment: Reservoir Response Test Planning, Operations, and Results Analysis Support
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The objective of this Interagency Agreement is to provide geologic and geophysical technical support to the Alaska Gas Hydrate Production Field Experiment including the planning, operations, and analysis of the technical results of the test.


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – Denver, CO


This agreement is intended to provide support to the DOE and its research partners in understanding, predicting, and testing the recoverability and production characteristics of onshore natural gas hydrate in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area on the Alaska North Slope (ANS) through the planning, operation, and analysis of the technical results of the planned Alaska North Slope Extended Gas Hydrate Production Test. To do so, the work to be conducted under this agreement is designed to contribute to the field implementation plan in support of the project well drilling, completion, and testing program. This cooperative project will also provide direct technical support to the field drilling and associated geologic and production test data acquisition phases of the field test. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) within this agreement will also play a key role in organizing and analyzing the geologic and production test data as it is collected during the planned Alaska North Slope Extended Gas Hydrate Production Test.


This project represents a collaborative approach by DOE and USGS to best use the talents of each organization to address critical issues pertaining to gas hydrate science. USGS will support the federal Gas Hydrate program goals for assessing the technical and economic viability of producing natural gas from methane hydrate by evaluating and facilitating opportunities for production testing in the natural laboratory of the ANS.

Accomplishments (most recent listed first)
  • Ongoing substantial technical contribution to Alaska hydrate test through review and evaluation key test operational and data acquisition systems and information including, but not limited to:
    • Logging programs
    • Pressure coring programs
    • Acoustic and seismic programs
    • Temperature and pressure monitoring systems
    • Geomechanical monitoring systems
    • Borehole and instrumentation monitoring systems

For results from work under the prior iteration of this interagency agreement please see the project summary for DE-FE0022898.

Current Status

USGS continues ongoing support for all aspects of planning for the pending DOE-JOGMEC Alaska gas hydrate production test. They also continue preparations for on-the-ground support for testing once it begins including direct participation in planned pressure coring, core analysis, and geochemistry efforts. They will also be contributing scientific advisement to all operational aspects of the project during drilling, logging, coring, and production operations.

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DOE Contribution

Funding (Year 1): $79,430

Contact Information

NETL Project Manager – Richard Baker (
USGS Principal Investigator – Tim Collett (