What is the JIP?
The Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates JIP, in collaboration with NETL/DOE, is investigating naturally occurring gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The goals of the JIP include:
- Develop, implement a research and technology plan to assist characterization of sediments containing naturally occurring hydrates in deepwater in the GOM
- Assess and understand potential safety hazards associated with drilling wells and running pipelines through sediments containing gas hydrates
- Develop a database of existing seismic, core, log, thermophysical and biogeochemical data to identify current hydrate containing sites in deepwater GOM
- Use existing knowledge to choose one or more sites in deepwater GOM for field tests
- Plan and execute a drilling and sample collection field testing program to collect data and obtain cores to characterize the hydrate containing sediments in the GOM
- Use existing data in the database and data collected from the field during the project to develop wellbore and seafloor stability models pertinent to hydrate containing sediments in the GOM
The JIP is committed to steering technology advances through collaborative research so that a better understanding is achieved of the safety hazards involved in drilling and producing oil and gas through hydrate containing sediments in deepwater GOM.