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Title: The Volume of Gas Hydrate-Bound Gas in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Abstract

The northern Gulf of Mexico is known to host gas hydrate in submarine sediments. Estimating the amount of gas hydrate for both carbon cycle and resource interest has been ongoing for more than three decades. A large range of estimates (from 0.2 to 680 trillion cubic meters (TCM)) for hydrate-bound natural gas at standard temperature and pressure exists. We bring a new perspective to resource estimates by using ~800 publicly available petroleum industry well logs assessed for natural gas hydrate. Our resulting probabilistic range of the gas hydrate-bound natural gas in the northern Gulf of Mexico ranges from 37 TCM (10th percentile estimate) to 78 TCM (90th percentile estimate) of gas hydrate-bound natural gas, with a mean estimate of 56 TCM. This suggests that the gas hydrate resource density of the northern Gulf of Mexico is 4 times lower than that previously estimated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Finally, our results also indicate that over half of the gas hydrate in the area is strategically hosted in sand reservoirs, which is significantly higher than that previously estimated.

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ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
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Research Org.:
The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1614156
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1481310
Grant/Contract Number:  
FE0009949; FE0023919
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1525-2027
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; geochemistry & geophysics; gas hydrates; Gulf of Mexico; Monte Carlo simulation

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Majumdar, Urmi, and Cook, Ann E. The Volume of Gas Hydrate-Bound Gas in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1029/2018gc007865.
Majumdar, Urmi, & Cook, Ann E. The Volume of Gas Hydrate-Bound Gas in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. United States. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018gc007865
Majumdar, Urmi, and Cook, Ann E. Sat . "The Volume of Gas Hydrate-Bound Gas in the Northern Gulf of Mexico". United States. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018gc007865. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1614156.
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author = {Majumdar, Urmi and Cook, Ann E.},
abstractNote = {The northern Gulf of Mexico is known to host gas hydrate in submarine sediments. Estimating the amount of gas hydrate for both carbon cycle and resource interest has been ongoing for more than three decades. A large range of estimates (from 0.2 to 680 trillion cubic meters (TCM)) for hydrate-bound natural gas at standard temperature and pressure exists. We bring a new perspective to resource estimates by using ~800 publicly available petroleum industry well logs assessed for natural gas hydrate. Our resulting probabilistic range of the gas hydrate-bound natural gas in the northern Gulf of Mexico ranges from 37 TCM (10th percentile estimate) to 78 TCM (90th percentile estimate) of gas hydrate-bound natural gas, with a mean estimate of 56 TCM. This suggests that the gas hydrate resource density of the northern Gulf of Mexico is 4 times lower than that previously estimated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Finally, our results also indicate that over half of the gas hydrate in the area is strategically hosted in sand reservoirs, which is significantly higher than that previously estimated.},
doi = {10.1029/2018gc007865},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1614156}, journal = {Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems},
issn = {1525-2027},
number = 11,
volume = 19,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {10}
}

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