Frozen Heat: Exploring the Potential of Natural Gas Hydrates
May 12, 2017
Everyone hears about the vastness of our more traditional fossil fuel resources. But one potential source of fossil energy could exceed the energy content of all other known fossil fuels combined—and that’s natural gas hydrate.
2017 Gulf of Mexico Drilling and Coring Expedition
May 10, 2017
In partnership with NETL, the University of Texas at Austin is leading an effort to execute two drilling and coring expeditions to assess the nature and occurrence of gas hydrates in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The program is focused primarily on assessing the origin and evolution of geologic systems that generate and sustain high concentrations of gas hydrate within coarse-grained sediments. Follow the progress of the expedition!
Novel Oil-Spill Recovery Process Demonstrates Feasibility under Simulated Artic Conditions
April 24, 2017
NETL researchers have successfully demonstrated a new oil-spill recovery process under simulated Arctic conditions. The work, which is being conducted under a grant awarded to NETL by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, is focused on verifying that this process can have real-world applications for oil recovery in a harsh Arctic environment.
NETL Examines Foamed Cement for Safer Recovery of Oil and Gas around the World
March 1, 2017
What does a CT scanner have to do with safer drilling operations? The answer may surprise you. Researchers at NETL are combining their unparalleled expertise with unexpected tools like CT scanners to investigate a material that prevents leaks and spills during oil and gas drilling operations—foamed cement.
The Spring, 2017 Issue of the Methane Hydrate Newsletter Fire in the Ice is Now Available
January 20, 2017