The primary objective of the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Joint Industry Project (JIP) was to develop technology and data to assist in the characterization of naturally occurring gas hydrates in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Other objectives of this project were to better understand how natural gas hydrates can affect seafloor stability, to gather data that can be used to study climate change, and to determine how the results of this project can be used to assess if and how gas hydrates act as a trapping mechanism for shallow oil or gas reservoirs.
The 2005 expedition employed the semi-submersible vessel "Uncle John" which carried a team of scientists and engineers on the 35-day voyage.
2005 GOM Final Cruise Report [PDF-6.13MB]
Maps of Cruise Area
The research expedition studied and characterized natural gas hydrates at two deep-water sites- Atwater Valley and Keathley Canyon -on the outer continental shelf. Two well pairs, each approximated 1,000 feet deep, are planned at each site in approximately 4,300 feet of water.
Joint Industry Project (JIP) Participants:
The JIP is committed to steering technology advances through collaborative research so that a better understanding is achieved of the safety hazards involved in drilling and producing oil and gas through hydrate containing sediments in deepwater GOM. The JIP Participants consist of the following major oil and gas producers and service companies, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.