Gas Hydrate Energy Production Studies in Northern Alaska

The primary objective of this effort is to evaluate the production response of the know gas hydrate accumulations in the area of the Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk River production units on the North Slope of Alaska. Gas hydrates are naturally occurring, ice-like solids in which water molecules trap gas molecules in a cage-like structure known as a clathrate. This project is designed as a cooperative research effort, with the USGS providing the technical research lead in a partnership that includes the US Department of Energy and various industry representatives, including BP Alaska Exploration, ConocoPhillips Alaska, and others. This effort is designed to address critical issues associated with potential production of gas hydrates based on an understanding of the geologic nature of the gas hydrate accumulations, the geophysical characteristics of in-situ natural gas hydrates, and (eventually) an extended gas hydrate production test well. Much of the work on this task is focused on the Eileen and Tarn accumulations, including the portion of the Eileen accumulation in the Milne Point region which was drilled in February, 2007. USGS provides a leadership role in the interpretation, calibration, and modeling of the Mount Elbert (Milne Point area) drilling results and their integration with pre-drilling estimates.

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ISO Topics geoscientificInformation
Primary Contact Tim Collett (
Primary Organization US Geological Survey
Other Organizations University of Alaska, Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, US Department of Energy, BP Exploration Alaska Inc., ConocoPhillips, US Bureau of Land Management
Organization Types Academic, Federal, Industry and Consultants, State
Geo-keywords Alaska, North Slope
Status Complete
Start Date 2006-10-01
End Date 2011-09-30
Created February 23, 2016, 01:40 (AKST)
Last Updated September 16, 2021, 21:58 (AKDT)