DOE/NETL Methane Hydrate Projects

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Project Number

Project Name

Primary Performer

DE-FE0023919 Deepwater Methane Hydrate Characterization and Scientific Assessment University of Texas at Austin
DE-FE0025387 Support for Methane Hydrate Research on the Alaska North Slope Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska  


Hydrate-Bearing Clayey Sediments: Morphology, Physical Properties, Production and Engineering/Geological Implications

Georgia Tech Research Corporation


Structural and Stratigraphic Controls on Methane Hydrate Occurrence and Distribution: Gulf of Mexico, Walker Ridge 313 and Green Canyon 955

Oklahoma State University


Verification of Capillary Pressure Functions and Relative Permeability Equations for Modeling Gas Production from Gas Hydrates

Arizona State University


A New Approach to Understanding the Occurrence and Volume of Natural Gas Hydrate in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Using Petroleum Industry Well Logs

The Ohio State University

Measurement and Interpretation of Seismic Velocities and Attenuation in Hydrate-Bearing Sediments

Colorado School of Mines


Mapping Permafrost and Gas Hydrate Using Marine Controlled Source Electromagnetic Methods (CSEM)

Regents of the University of California


Advanced Hydrate Reservoir Modeling Using Rock Physics Techniques

Fugro GeoConsulting, Inc.


Planning of a Marine Methane Hydrate Pressure Coring Program for the Walker Ridge and Green Canyon Areas of the Gulf of Mexico

Fugro GeoConsulting, Inc.
Gas Hydrate Dynamics on the Alaskan Beaufort Continental Slope: Modeling and Field Characterization

Southern Methodist University
DE-FE0013531 Assessing the Response of Methane Hydrates to Environmental Change at the Svalbad Continental Margin Oregon State University
DE-FE0013565 Hydrate Evolution in Response to Ongoing Environmental Shifts University of Oregon
DE-FE0013889 THCM Coupled Model for Hydrate-bearing Sediments: Data Analysis and Design of New Field Experiments (Marine and Permafrost Settings) Texas A&M University
DE-FE0013919 Mechanisms for Methane Transport and Hydrate Accumulation in Coarse-Grained Reservoirs University of Texas at Austin
DE-FE0013961 Borehole Tool for the Comprehensive Characterization of Hydrate-bearing Sediments Georgia Tech Research Corporation
DE-FE0013998 Characterizing the Response of the Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrate Reservoir to Bottom Water Warming Along the Upper Continental Slope University of Washington
DE-FE0013999 Fate of Methane Emitted From Dissociating Marine Hydrates: Modeling, Laboratory, and Field Constraints Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Natural Gas Hydrates in Permafrost and Marine Settings: Resources, Properties, and Environmental Issues

U.S. Geological Survey
DE-FE0022898  Alaska Natural Gas Hydrate Production Testing: Test Site Selection, Characterization, and Testing Operations U.S. Geological Survey


Natural Gas Hydrates in Permafrost and Marine Settings: Resources, Properties, and Environmental Issues

U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole


Numerical Studies for the Characterization of Recoverable Resources from Methane Hydrate Deposits

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Properties of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments Subjected to Changing Gas Compositions

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

FWP 65213 Kinetic Parameters for the Exchange of Hydrate Formers Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
NETL-ORD Micro XCT Characterization and Examination of Pressured Cores NETL Office of Research and Development
NETL-ORD Experimental Analysis and Characterization of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments to Support Numerical Reservoir Simulations NETL Office of Research and Development


Methane Hydrate Numerical Simulation Studies

NETL Office of Research and Development

Completed Methane Hydrate Projects | Active Projects

Project Number

Project Name

Primary Performer

DE-FE0010406  Controls on Methane Expulsion During Melting of Natural Gas Hydrate Systems
University of Texas at Austin 
DE-FE0010141 Temporal Characterization of Hydrates System Dynamics beneath Seafloor Mounds University of Mississippi - CNMET 


Alaska North Slope Gas Hydrate Reservoir Characterization

BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. 


Characterizing Natural Gas Hydrates in the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico: Applications for Safe Exploration

Chevron Energy Technology Company


Global Assessment of Methane Gas Hydrates

Stiftelsen GRID-Arendal

DE-FE0010120 Reconstructing Paleo-SMT Positions on the Cascadia Margin Using Magnetic Susceptibility
University of New Hampshire
DE-FE0010195 Development of a Scientific Plan for a Hydrate-Focused Marine Drilling, Logging and Coring Program
Consortium for Ocean Leadership


Application of Crunch-Flow Routines to Constrain Present and Past Carbon Fluxes at Gas-Hydrate Bearing Sites

Oregon State University


Gas Hydrate Production Trial

ConocoPhillips Company

DE-FC26-06NT42877 /
DE-FC26-02NT41628 /

Gulf of Mexico Sea Floor Stability and Gas Hydrates Monitoring Project

University of Mississippi Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology (CMRET)


Gas Hydrate Research in Deep Sea Sediments - Chatham Rise, New Zealand Task

Naval Research Laboratory



Interrelation of Global Climate and the Response of Oceanic Hydrate Accumulations


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory




Thermal Properties of Hydrate:Tool Development


NETL Office of Research and Development




Geoscience Evaluations and Field Studies


NETL Office of Research and Development


Characterization of Methane Hydrate Bearing Sediments and Hydrate Dissociation Kinetics

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Electrical Resistivity Investigation of Gas Hydrate Distribution in Mississippi Canyon Block 118, GOM

Baylor University


Downhole Oxyfuel Steam/CO2 Generator for Production of Gas from Hydrates

Precision Combustion, Inc.


Hydrate Formation and Dissociation via Depressurization in Simulated and Field Samples

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

FWP-G308 and ESD00-021

Numerical Studies for the Characterization of Recoverable Resources from Methane Hydrate Deposits

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Laboratory Studies in Support of Characterization of Recoverable Resources from Methane Hydrate Deposits

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Heat Flow and Gas Hydrates on the Continental Margin of India

Oregon State University, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science


Integrating Natural Gas Hydrates in the Global Carbon Cycle

University of Chicago


Gas Hydrate Characterization in the Gulf of Mexico

University of California San Diego-Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Assessing the Efficacy of the Aerobic Methanotropic Biofilter in Methane Hydrate Environments

University of California Santa Barbara


Characterization of Methane Degradation and Methane-Degrading Microbes in Alaska Coastal Waters

University of Delaware, College of Marine and Earth Studies


Source Characterization and Temporal Variation of Methane Seepage from Thermokarst Lakes on the Alaska North Slope in Response to Arctic Climate Change

University of Alaska Fairbanks- Institute of Northern Engineering


Remote Sensing and Sea-Truth Measurements of Methane Flux to the Atmosphere (HYFLUX project)

Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi


Mechanisms Leading to Co-existence of Gas and Hydrate in Ocean Sediments

The University of Texas at Austin


Detection and Production of Methane Hydrate

Rice University


Methanogenesis in Hydrate-Bearing Sediments: Integration of Experimental and Theoretical Approaches

Idaho National Laboratory


Characterization and Decomposition Kinetic Studies of Methane Hydrate in Host Sediments under Subsurface Mimic Conditions

Brookhaven National Laboratory


Phase 1-Characterization and Qualification of the Methane Hydrate Resource Potential Associated with the Barrow Gas Fields

North Slope Borough


Methane Recovery from Hydrate-bearing Sediments

Georgia Institute of Technology


Phase 2-Drilling and Production Testing the Methane Hydrate Resource Potential associated with the Barrow Gas Fields

North Slope Borough


Seismic Gas Hydrate Quantification by Cumulative Attributes (CATTs)

Rock Solid Images


Gas Hydrates Research Database and Web Dissemination Channel

National Institute of Standards and Technology

DE-AI26-06NT42878 -
Alaminos Canyon Task

Geochemical Evaluation of Deep Sediment Hydrate Deposits in Alaminos Canyon, Block 818, Texas-Louisiana Shelf

Naval Research Laboratory

DE-AI26-06NT42878 -
Bottom Source Task

Gas Hydrate Research in Deep Sea Sediments-Bottom Source Task

Naval Research Laboratory

DE-AI26-06NT42878 -
New Zealand Task

Gas Hydrate Research in Deep Sea Sediments-New Zealand Task

Naval Research Laboratory


Combining Multicomponent Seismic Attributes, New Rock Physics Models, and In Situ Data to Estimate Gas-Hydrate Concentrations in Deep-Water, Near-Seafloor Strata of the Gulf of Mexico

The University of Texas at Austin (BEG)


Comparative Assessment of Advanced Gas Hydrate Production Methods

Battelle Pacific Nothwest Division


Gas Hydrate Instability in the Southeastern Bering Sea

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

DE-FC26-05NT42664 /

Geomechanical Performance of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments in Offshore Environments

Texas Engineering Experiment Station and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Seismic-Scale Rock Physics of Methane Hydrate

Stanford University


Conducting Scientific Studies of Natural Gas Hydrates to Support the DOE Efforts to Evaluate and Understand Methane Hydrates

U.S. Geological Survey


Support of Gulf of Mexico Hydrate Research Consortium

University of California


Petrophysical Characterization and Reservoir Simulator for Gas Hydrate Production and Hazard Avoidance in the Gulf of Mexico

Westport Technology Center Int'l


Methane Hydrate Production from Alaskan Permafrost

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation


In-Situ Sampling and Characterization of Methane Hydrate

Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI)


The Mallik 2002 Consortium: Drilling and Testing a Gas Hydrate Well

Geological Survey of Canada


Sampling and Monitoring of Hydrate Mounds in the Gulf of Mexico

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi


High Resolution Processing of Seismic Data from GB 424 and 425 and MC 852 and 853, Gulf of Mexico



Three-Dimensional Structural and Physical Properties of Methane Hydrate Deposit at Blake Ridge

University of Wyoming, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics


Characterizing Marine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs Using 3-D Seismic Data

University of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology


Fundamentals of Natural Gas and Species Flows from Hydrate Dissociation-  Applications to Safety Problems

Clarkson University


Mechanical Testing of Gas Hydrate/Sediment Samples

US Army Corp of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center


Characterizing Arctic Hydrates (Canadian Test Well and Alaskan "Wells of Opportunity")

United States Geological Survey


Gathering, Processing, and Evaluating Seismic and Physical Data on Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico

US geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center


High Resolution Sidescan Sonar and Multibeam Bathymetric Data Collection and Processing, Atwater Canyon, Gulf of Mexico

Naval Research Laboratory


Mesoscale Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Gas Hydrates

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

FWP-4340-60 & 

Collection and Microbiological Analysis of Gas Hydrate Cores

Idaho National Engineering and