The National Methane Hydrates R&D Program
The items listed below have appeared previously on the Methane Hydrate home page.
- Closed! - Methane Hydrates Funding Opportunity
The DOE Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory announces the release of the Methane Hydrates Funding Opportunity for research projects, with two application submission deadlines: July 10, 2013 and July 26, 2013. The funding opportunity addresses the following areas: (1) characterization of gas hydrate deposits, (2) response of gas hydrate reservoirs to induced change, and (3) response of methane hydrate systems to natural environmental change. Selected research projects will support program goals to determine the (1) likelihood of methane hydrates as a potential energy resource and (2) their role in the natural environment.
- To view the content / description of the Funding Opportunity Announcement please visit the FedConnect website (Reference Number DE-FOA-0000891).
- To view a Synopsis of the Funding Opportunity Announcement or to access the Forms and Instructions necessary for applying please visit the Grants.gov website.
- The Energy Department Announces the Selection of 14 New Methane Hydrate Research Projects The projects will research the nature and occurrence of deepwater and Arctic gas hydrates and its potential for dramatically expanding U.S. energy supplies. The projects build on the completion of a successful, unprecedented test earlier this year that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates on the North Slope of Alaska.
- U.S. and Japan Complete Successful Field Trial of Methane Hydrate Production Technologies U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the completion of a successful, unprecedented test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates – a vast, entirely untapped resource that holds enormous potential for U.S. economic and energy security.
- October, 2010 - National Research Council Lauds U.S. National Gas Hydrate R&D Effort A new congressionally-mandated report released by the National Research Council concludes that research undertaken by the US Department of Energy and its industry, academic, and federal partners since 2005 have made considerable progress in advancing the science and technology related to naturally-occurring gas hydrates. The report concludes that the work research underway has demonstrated that gas hydrates represent an significant potential source of methane that could provide valuable options to the nation in meeting future natural gas demands.
- August, 2010 - Physical Property Database Now Available! The “Clathrate Hydrate Physical Property Database” has been created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under DOE Interagency Agreement DE-AI26-06NT42938. The database encompasses thermophysical (including phase equilibria) as well as field (Mallik - 2002) property data and provides to researchers the ability to submit new datasets and retrieve evaluated data. The database is now accessible online as open domain-free access storage and retrieval facility using the following link: "http://gashydrates.nist.gov/ [external site].
- November, 2009 - First of Its Kind Expedition in the Beaufort Sea Completed!
On September 26, 2009, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energys National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and a team of 32 university and government scientists from the U.S., Netherlands, Belgium and Germany completed a first of its kind expedition in the Beaufort Sea. The 12-day Methane in the Arctic Shelf/Slope (MITAS) expedition represents the first step in a more thorough evaluation of the distributions and concentrations of methane and methane hydrates in the U.S. portion of the Arctic ocean. Fossil Energy/NETL News Release .
- September, 2009 - NETL Technology Manager Gives Perspective on Methane Hydrate in Science Magazine In the article, "Is Gas Hydrate Energy Within Reach?", Dr. Ray Boswell, technology manager for the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory methane hydrates program, discusses recent findings and new research approaches that are clarifying gas hydrates energy potential.
- September, 2009 - Summer 2009 Edition of Fire In The Ice Now Available! In this edition read about the JIP Leg II discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico, lake-based
seep studies and the identification of sites for extended term reservoir testing on the Alaskan North Slope, gas hydrates offshore Mexico, the research contributions of the Naval Research Laboratory, and the contributions to hydrate resarch of Dan McConnell of AOA Geophysics.
- August, 2009 - Testimony on Gas Hydrate R&D Presented to Congressional Subcommittee On July 30th three natural gas hydrate researchers testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. In relating methane hydrate research to past gas shales efforts, subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Costa (CA) said, "I believe that with continued research, the barriers for production of natural gas from hydrates will be overcome as well in the not-too-distant future. I am extremely optimistic about the promise of methane hydrates, and I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about how that promise might turn into reality".
Read testimonies of Dr. Ray Boswell - NETL, Dr. Timothy Collett - USGS, and Steve Hancock - RPS Energy.
- July, 2009 - DOE-Sponsored Expedition Confirms Resource-Quality Gas Hydrate in the Gulf of Mexico -
On May 6, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)—in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Minerals Management Service, an industry research consortium led by Chevron, and others—completed a landmark gas hydrate drilling expedition. The objective of the 21-day expedition was to confirm that gas hydrate can and does occur at high saturations within reservoir-quality sands in the Gulf of Mexico. This objective was fully met, with highly saturated hydrate-bearing sands discovered in at least in two of three sites drilled. Read more on the expedition, including site summaries.
- April, 2009 - 2009 GOM JIP - Leg II Now Underway!
On April 16, 2009 the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate Joint Industry Project (“The Gulf of Mexico JIP”) initiated its second field program aboard the semi-submersible Helix Q4000. This three week expedition will conduct logging-while-drilling (LWD) operations at multiple sites to test a variety of geologic/geophysical models for the occurrence of gas hydrate in sand reservoirs in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
- February, 2009 - DOE's National Methane Hydrates R&D Program to present “Methane Under-saturated Fluids in Deep-sea Sediments: Implications for Hydrate Stability” Dr. Laura Lapham, of Florida State University and the 2008 DOE National Methane Hydrates Program Research Fellow, will speak on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST at the National Energy Technology Laboratory headquarters. Dr. Lapham will discuss her most recent study and its impact on our understanding of hydrate stability. Read more
- 2008 - Well log Data From BP-DOE-US "Mount Elbert" Test Available
Digital well log data acquired at the February 2007 gas hydrates test well at Milne Point, Alaska are now available. Data include Gamma ray, neutron porosity, density porosity, three-dimensional high resolution resistivity, acoustics including compressional- and shear-wave data and nuclear magnetic resonance.
- 2008 - NETL Researchers Pursue Gas Hydrates Across the Globe Over the past 18 months, NETL researchers have pursued natural gas hydrates from India to Korea, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.
- 2007 - Third Recipient of a Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship Selected - Dr. Laura Lapham, a post-doctoral researcher at Florida State University, has been selected as the third recipient of a Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship. Dr. Lapham will investigate the factors that control hydrate stability in order to better understand why observed dissolution rates in the field are often much slower than theoretical predictions.
More on the academic research fellowship program.
- 2007 - Report to Congress on Methane Hydrates Research now available [PDF-external site].
This report from the Federal Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee provides an assessment of the Methane Hydrate Research Program as well as an assessment of the 5-year research plan of the Department of Energy.
- 2007 - The Fall 2007 edition of Fire in the Ice is now available. In this edition read about results from TOUGH+/HYDRATE simulations, methane flux from Bering Sea sediments, China's first gas hydrate expedition, a report from the Gas Hydrates Observatory workshop, and the announcement of the second award of the Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship Program. The "Spotlight on Research" features Michael Riedel of McGill University in Canada.
- 2007 - Second Award Made Under Methane Hydrate Fellowship Program
A second fellowship has been awarded under the newly inaugurated Methane Hydrates Fellowship program.
Evan Solomon, currently a Ph.D candidate at Scripps Institution of
Oceanography in San Diego, was selected from among a field of highly-qualified applicants to pursue post-doctoral research related to the study
of constraining rates of biogeochemical reactions and methane generation
and their implications for fluid and gas sources, transport processes and gas
- 2007 - Gas Hydrate Paper Published in the American Journal of Science The paper written by scientists at Rice University and entitled "Generalization of Gas Hydrate Distribution and Saturation in Marine Sediments by Scaling of Thermodynamic and Transpot Processes" has been published in the June, 2007 edition of the American Journal of Science. more project information
- 2007 - First Round Winner of the new Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship Program Announced
Ms. Monica Heintz, a Ph.D. student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has received the inaugural award, which is part of a new NETL program that provides support for graduate and post-graduate scientists in fields related to the study of methane hydrates. DOE announced the award at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas on May 2.
More on the academic research fellowship program.
- 2007 -
Grad student receives award for work on NETL-sponsored project. Ran Holtzman, a University of California Berkeley student, received an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the Fall Meeting of AGU for his work on Geomechanical Performance of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments in Offshore Environments, a project that is expected to have a significant impact on and provide substantial benefits to the offshore energy recovery industry. Project Information (DE-FC26-05NT42664)
- 2007 - Data Gathering Completed for North Slope Hydrate Well
Coring, logging and sampling operations have been successfully completed on the Mt. Elbert Prospect, an Alaska North Slope (ANS) well designed to test the potential for methane hydrates to become part of the overall ANS energy portfolio. The well tested a new method for identifying where methane hydrates might exist beneath Arctic permafrost. The cooperative R&D project between BP Exploration (Alaska) and DOE took place in the Milne Point Field near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
- 2006 Kauai Workshop Summary Now Available [PDF-2.45MB] This report contains the summary and reccomendations from the March, 2006 Kauai workshop -"Science and Technology Issues in Methane Hydrate R&D".
- 2007 - Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship Now Available! NETL has launched an academic research fellowship program to support qualified students in their pursuit of advanced degrees related to methane hydrate science. The 2-year fellowships will be made available to support work towards M.S. and Ph.D degrees, or in a Post-doctoral appointment. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will administer the program, which will feature a competitive stipend structure, including a $6k annual travel allowance. The fellowship information is now available on the NAS website. [External Site]
- 2007 - The Interagency Roadmap for Methane Hydrate R&D (PDF), which outlines a plan of action to fully address the goals of the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act, is now available.
- Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison Study Now Available
NETL and the USGS are guiding a collaborative, international effort
to compare methane hydrate reservoir simulators. Background information about the study, a list of
participants involved, an overview of the simulators included in the study, as
well as detailed information about each case study being compared is provided.
2006 - New Projects to Uncover the Potential of America's Methane Hydrate Resource Six cost-shared R&D projects will seek to unlock this huge potential source of hydrocarbon energy.
The Spring 2005 Edition of "Fire in the Ice" is available! In this edition of Fire in the Ice: "Marine Multi-component Seismology", "Discovery of Possible Gas Hydrate Features", and "Monitoring Station Update". This edition's "Spotlight on Research" features Scott Dallimore of the Geological Survey of Canada.
Fire in the Ice, Spring, 2005
2005 - Announcing the Release of PetraSim Version 2.4 for TOUGH-Fx/HYDRATE
PetraSim Version 2.4 - is an interactive preprocessor and postprocessor tool to rapidly develop models and view results for TOUGH-Fx/HYDRATE.
More information on PetraSim including a free 30-Day trial version
The DOE Sponsored Methane Hydrate Research Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico
On May 21, 2005 the semi-submersible drilling vessel returned to port, completing a 35-day research voyage. During the expedition, researchers collected drilling, logging, and coring data from deep well pairs in the Keathley Canyon and Atwater Valley locations. A special section of this website provides status reports, scientific updates, and pictures from the cruise.
Fossil Energy techline. Project factsheet
The Winter 2005 edition of "Fire in the Ice" is available! In this edition of Fire in the Ice: understanding methane hydrate behavior using x-ray computed tomography, quantitative assessment of marine gas hydrates at MMS, gas hydrate production and carbon sequestration, and upcoming research cruises. This edition's "Spotlight on Research" features Frank R. Rack of Joint Oceanographic institutions, Inc. Fire in the Ice, Winter, 2005
2005 - The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announce a training course in the use of the TOUGH-Fx / HYDRATE v1.0 code. The training course will be held at the site of LBNL in Berkeley, California from March 28 to April 1, 2005. It will cover a wide spectrum of hydrate-related simulation scenarios, including the development and analysis of real-life problems of interest to the participants.
2004 - Fall edition of the methane hydrate newsletter
In this edition of Fire in the Ice: a discussion of the September AAPG Hedberg Research Conference on gas hydrates, methane hydrate studies at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an article on relic gas hydrates in Northwestern Siberia. This edition's "Spotlight on Research" features Dr. Ingo Pecher of the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science. Fire in the Ice, Fall, 2004
The Summer 2004 edition of the methane hydrate newsletter is here!
In this edition of Fire in the Ice: Gulf of Mexico remote observatory update, hydrate decomposition studies at USGS, and NETL's high pressure view cell. This edition's "Spotlight on Research" features Dr. Keith Kvenvolden of the USGS. Fire in the Ice Summer04
2004 - Alaska well targets gas hydrate, produces a wealth of information
Scientists and engineers work to unravel the secrets of the potential of methane hydrate at a dedicated well at Alaska's North Slope. Read more!