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Increased gas production from hydrates by combining depressurization with heating of the wellbore

Falser, S and Uchida, S and Palmer, AC and Soga, K and Tan, TS (2012) Increased gas production from hydrates by combining depressurization with heating of the wellbore. Energy and Fuels, 26. pp. 6259-6267. ISSN 0887-0624

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To extract gas from hydrate reservoirs, it has to be dissociated in situ. This endothermic dissociation process absorbs heat energy from the formation and pore fluid. The heat transfer governs the dissociation rate, which is proportional to the difference between the actual temperature and the equilibrium temperature. This study compares three potential gas production schemes from hydrate-bearing soil, where the radial heat transfer is governing. Cylindrical samples with 40% pore-filling hydrate saturation were tested. The production tests were carried out over 90 min by dissociating the hydrate from a centered miniature wellbore, by either lowering the pressure to 6, 4, or 6 MPa with simultaneous heating of the wellbore to 288 K. All tests were replicated by a numerical simulation. With additional heating at the same wellbore pressure, the gas production from hydrates could, on average, be increased by 1.8 and 3.6 times in the simulation and experiments, respectively. If the heat influx from the outer boundary is limited, a simulation showed that the specific heat of the formation is rapidly used up when the wellbore is only depressurized and not heated. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 17:50
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 22:15
DOI: 10.1021/ef3010652