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Oceanic Methane Hydrates. Fundamentals, Technological Innovations, and Sustainability

  • Book

  • January 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5130564

Methane hydrates are still a complicated target for today's oil and gas offshore engineers, particularly the lack of reliable real field test data or obtaining the most recent technology available on the feasibility and challenges surrounding the extraction of methane hydrates. Oceanic Methane Hydrates delivers the solid foundation as well as today's advances and challenges that remain. Starting with the fundamental knowledge on gas hydrates, the authors define the origin, estimations, and known exploration and production methods. Historical and current oil and gas fields and roadmaps containing methane hydrates around the world are also covered to help lay the foundation for the early career engineer. Lab experiments and advancements in numerical reservoir simulations transition the engineer from research to practice with real field-core sampling techniques covered, points on how to choose producible methane hydrate reservoirs, and the importance of emerging technologies. Actual comparable onshore tests from around the world are included to help the engineer gain clarity on field expectations.

Rounding out the reference are emerging technologies in all facets of the business including well completion and monitoring, economics aspects to consider, and environmental challenges, particularly methods to reduce the costs of methane hydrate exploration and production techniques. Rounding out a look at future trends, Oceanic Methane Hydrates covers both the basics and advances needed for today's engineers to gain the required knowledge needed to tackle this challenging and exciting future energy source.

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Fundamentals and Models 1. Fundamentals of Methane Hydrate 2. Research and Development in Major Countries 3. Micro-Scale Concepts and Dissociation Dynamics 4. Core-Scale in-lab Experiments 5. Advancement in Numerical Simulations in Methane Hydrate Reservoirs

Section 2 Field Practice and Activities 6. Real Field Core-Sampling and Analysis 7. Reservoir-Scale Considerations and Methods 8. Real Onshore Tests in Russia, Canada and USA 9. Real Offshore Tests in Japan and China 10. Activities in the Mid-East, Europe and Other Regions 11. Comparisons of Field Activities in Different Worldwide Sites

Section 3 Emerging Technologies and Environmental Sustainability 12. Emerging Technologies 13. Economic Aspects and Environmental Issues 14. Policy Assessment and Outlook for Future


Lin Chen Professor, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Dr. Lin Chen is now a full Professor in the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a joint professor in the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His current research topics include unconventional energy resources (methane hydrate), supercritical fluids, multiscale heat/mass transfer, and advanced measurement techniques. In recent years, he has authored more than 120 well-cited international journal papers, conference papers/presentations/keynotes. He was the winner of AUTSE Young Scholar Award in 2018. He is the Associate Editor of ASME JNERS and board for The J. of Supercritical Fluids (Elsevier). He has published several books/chapters, including the most famous one on energy conversion ("Advanced Applications of Supercritical Fluids in Energy Systems�, IGI Global, 2017, 680 pages). Sukru Merey Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Batman University, Turkey. Dr. Sukru Merey is an Associate Professor in Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Batman University, Turkey. He graduated BSc., MSc. and PhD from Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2009, 2013, and 2017 respectively. He worked as a well completion engineer at Turkish Petroleum Corporation more than 1 year between 2010 and 2011. His current research topics include well completion, well stimulation, reservoir simulation, adsorption, CO2 sequestration, shale gas reservoirs, coalbed methane, and gas hydrates.