Energy Resources Program
On May 2, 2012 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the completion of the field testing phase of the Ignik Sikumi gas hydrate production test well project on the North Slope of Alaska. This test was an important step forward in gas hydrate research. In this test DOE partnered with ConocoPhillips and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation to investigate a production method in which carbon dioxide injected into a gas hydrate-bearing rock unit can release methane while sequestering carbon dioxide in hydrate form.
The USGS participated in many phases of this work, including originally identifying the test site, which was based on almost 30 years of USGS geologic studies on gas hydrates in northern Alaska. USGS supported the Ignik Sikumi test with detailed geologic and geophysical studies of all the sites considered under this effort, and has published detailed descriptions of these sites. USGS also participated in the downhole logging, formation testing, and well geochemical sampling program. The USGS is also analyzing gas and water samples collected from the well production stream, which is critical to determine the effectiveness of the carbon dioxide – methane exchange process.
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