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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1021/ACS.ENERGYFUELS.0C03822

Sand Production Management during Marine Natural Gas Hydrate Exploitation: Review and an Innovative Solution

04 Mar 2021-Energy & Fuels (American Chemical Society (ACS))-Vol. 35, Iss: 6, pp 4617-4632
Abstract: Natural gas hydrate (NGH) is widely distributed worldwide with great reserves and is generally accepted as a promising alternative energy source. However, sustainable, efficient, and safe NGH devel...

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Topics: Natural gas (52%)
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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.FUEL.2021.122185
Ermeng Zhao1, Jian Hou1, Yunkai Ji2, Yongge Liu1  +1 moreInstitutions (2)
01 Feb 2022-Fuel
Abstract: Class 1 hydrate deposits are characterized by a free gas layer (FGL) underneath the hydrate-bearing layer (HBL) and are considered as the most potential target for commercial exploitation. To improve the contribution of hydrate decomposition to gas production, an efficient development method of low-frequency electric heating assisted depressurization under five-point well pattern is proposed for Class 1 hydrate deposits, which involves the implementation of electric heating after a certain period of depressurization. Based on the geological data of Messoyakha gas field, the numerical simulation model is established. Then the energy recovery behaviors under single depressurization and the proposed method are investigated through numerical simulation approach. Results indicate that the gas production rate of Class 1 hydrate deposits is extremely high at the initial stage of depressurization, but decreases sharply due to insufficient reservoir energy. After the implementation of electric heating, hydrate decomposition and gas production are significantly improved, and a considerable energy efficiency ratio is obtained. Under the same heat input, the linear decreasing voltage mode exhibits better production performance than the constant voltage mode, and can avoid the continuous high temperature near the wellbore to damage the electrode elements, which has greater potential for the exploitation of hydrate deposits. At the end of 10 years of production, a cylindrical hydrate decomposition zone with a radius of about 40 m is formed around each production well. The simulation results confirm the feasibility of the proposed method and provide new insights for enhancing gas recovery in Class 1 hydrate deposits.

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Topics: Electric heating (53%), Hydrate (52%)


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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/NATURE02135
E. Dendy Sloan1Institutions (1)
20 Nov 2003-Nature
Abstract: Natural gas hydrates are solid, non-stoichiometric compounds of small gas molecules and water. They form when the constituents come into contact at low temperature and high pressure. The physical properties of these compounds, most notably that they are non-flowing crystalline solids that are denser than typical fluid hydrocarbons and that the gas molecules they contain are effectively compressed, give rise to numerous applications in the broad areas of energy and climate effects. In particular, they have an important bearing on flow assurance and safety issues in oil and gas pipelines, they offer a largely unexploited means of energy recovery and transportation, and they could play a significant role in past and future climate change.

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Topics: Natural gas (56%), Flow assurance (51%)

1,920 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1029/93RG00268
Abstract: Gas hydrates are naturally ocurring solids consisting of water molecules forming a lattice of cages, most of which contain a molecule of natural gas, usually methane. The present article discusses three important aspects of gas hydrates: their potential as a fossil fuel resource, their role as a submarine geohazard, and their effects on global climate change. 70 refs., 16 figs., 1 tab.

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Topics: Clathrate hydrate (60%), Natural gas (56%), Methane chimney (53%) ... read more

1,236 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.EARSCIREV.2003.11.002
Alexei V. Milkov1Institutions (1)
Abstract: It is generally assumed that oceanic gas hydrates contain a huge volume of natural gases, mainly methane. The most widely cited estimate of global hydrate-bound gas is 21×1015 m3 of methane at STP (or ∼10,000 Gt of methane carbon), which is proposed as a “consensus value” from several independent estimations. This large gas hydrate reservoir is further suggested as an important component of the global carbon cycle and as a future energy source. Here, I present a revised and updated set of well-justified global estimates and discuss how and why they changed over time. It appears that the global estimates of hydrate-bound gas decreased by at least one order of magnitude from 1970s–early 1980s (estimates on the order of 1017–1018 m3) to late 1980s–early 1990s (1016 m3) to late 1990s–present (1014–1015 m3). The decrease of estimates is a result of growing knowledge of the distribution and concentration of gas hydrates in marine sediments and ongoing efforts to better constrain the volume of hydrate-bearing sediments and their gas yield. These parameters appear to be relatively well constrained at present through DSDP/ODP drilling and direct measurements of gas concentrations in sediments. The global estimate of hydrate-bound gas that best reflects the current knowledge of submarine gas hydrate is in the range (1–5)×1015 m3 (∼500–2500 Gt of methane carbon). A significantly smaller global gas hydrate inventory implies that the role of gas hydrates in the global carbon cycle may not be as significant as speculated previously. Gas hydrate may be considered a future energy source not because the global volume of hydrate-bound gas is large, but because some individual gas hydrate accumulations may contain significant and concentrated resources that may be profitably recovered in the future.

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Topics: Gas hydrate stability zone (63%), Natural gas (63%), Methane (59%) ... read more

864 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.APENERGY.2014.12.061
15 Jan 2016-Applied Energy
Abstract: Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and has been identified as a strong candidate for energy resource compared to oil and coal. Natural gas hydrate is an energy resource for methane that has a carbon quantity twice more than all fossil fuels combined and is distributed evenly around the world. Several field trials on energy production from hydrate resources have been conducted, and their outcomes revealed the possibility of energy production from hydrate resources. In this paper, we review various studies on resource potential of natural gas hydrate, the current research progress in laboratory settings, and several recent field trials. Possible limitation in each production method and the challenges to be addressed for large scale production are discussed in detail. Whilst there are no technology stoppers to exploit or produce methane from hydrates, specific technological breakthroughs will depend on the effective management of the sand and water during production, as well as the appropriate mitigation of environmental risks.

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Topics: Fossil fuel (59%), Natural gas (56%)

830 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1039/C0EE00203H
Ray Boswell1, Timothy S. Collett2Institutions (2)
Abstract: For the past three decades, discussion of naturally-occurring gas hydrates has been framed by a series of assessments that indicate enormous global volumes of methane present within gas hydrate accumulations. At present, these estimates continue to range over several orders of magnitude, creating great uncertainty in assessing those two gas hydrate issues that relate most directly to resource volumes – gas hydrate’s potential as an energy resource and its possible role in ongoing climate change. However, a series of recent field expeditions have provided new insights into the nature of gas hydrate occurrence; perhaps most notably, the understanding that gas hydrates occur in a wide variety of geologic settings and modes of occurrence. These fundamental differences - which include gas hydrate concentration, host lithology, distribution within the sediment matrix, burial depth, water depth, and many others - can now be incorporated into evaluations of gas hydrate energy resource and environmental issues. With regard to energy supply potential, field data combined with advanced numerical simulation have identified gas-hydrate-bearing sands as the most feasible initial targets for energy recovery. The first assessments of potential technically-recoverable resources are now occurring, enabling a preliminary estimate of ultimate global recoverable volumes on the order of ~3 × 1014 m3 (1016 ft3; ∼150 GtC). Other occurrences, such as gas hydrate-filled fractures in clay-dominated reservoirs, may also become potential energy production targets in the future; but as yet, no production concept has been demonstrated. With regard to the climate implications of gas hydrate, an analogous partitioning of global resources to determine that portion most prone to dissociation during specific future warming scenarios is needed. At present, it appears that these two portions of total gas hydrate resources (those that are the most likely targets for gas extraction and those that are the most likely to respond in a meaningful way to climate change) will be largely exclusive, as those deposits that are the most amenable to production (the more deeply buried and localized accumulations) are also those that are the most poorly coupled to oceanic and atmospheric conditions.

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Topics: Clathrate hydrate (53%)

773 Citations