Characterization and development of natural gas hydrate in marine clayey-silt reservoirs: A review and discussion

Yanlong Li, Lele Liu, Yurong Jin, Nengyou Wu

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As a promising substitute for conventional fossil fuels with huge reserves, clayey-silt natural gas hydrate has been proved to be widely distributed in the continental margins of the marine environment. Characterization and development of this kind of natural gas hydrate reservoirs face unique challenges, compared with that of natural gas hydrate in marine sandy sediments. This review summarizes the basic methods for natural gas hydrate reservoir characterization and development, and discusses the applicability of these methods in marine clayey-silt natural gas hydrate reservoirs. Feasibilities of classical oil and gas reservoir characterization methods and models applied to hydrate-bearing stratum remain elusive, let alone clayey-silt hydrate deposits. Current natural gas hydrate development methods are restricted by low gas productivity, potential geomechanical instability, and extremely high costs. Economically feasible technologies considering the influences of geotechnical issues are needed for the commercialization of natural gas hydrate contained in clayey-silt sediment.

Cited as: Li, Y., Liu, L., Jin, Y., Wu, N. Characterization and development of natural gas hydrate in marine clayey-silt reservoirs: A review and discussion. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2021, 5(1): 75-86, doi: 10.46690/ager.2021.01.08


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Natural gas hydrate; reservoir characterization; hydrate development; clayey-silt sediment

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