Challenges of Gas Production from Hydrate-Bearing Sediments

Organizer: Prof. Sheng Dai, Georgia Institute of Technology

Due to massive storage in nature, gas hydrate has been considered as a potential energy resource as well as a risk to global climate and seafloor instability. Technological and economic feasibility of gas production from hydrate deposits rely on enhanced understanding of thermo-chemo-hydro-mechanical coupled processes during hydrate dissociation in sediments and the development of novel techniques for predicting, monitoring, and engineering hydrate reservoir to ensure continued gas supply and geomechanical stability. This proposed mini-symposium will focus on the key challenges we are facing to produce methane gas from hydrate deposits, including but not limiting to sand migration and production, mixed gas and water flows, sediment compressibility and crushability under high stress, and reservoir monitoring and characterization.