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Review of exploration and production technology of natural gas hydrate

Yudong Cui, Cheng Lu, Mingtao Wu, Yue Peng, Yanbin Yao, Wanjing Luo

(Published: 2018-02-05)

Corresponding Author and Email:Wanjing Luo,

Citation:Cui, Y., Lu, C., Wu, M., Peng, Y., Yao, Y., Luo, W. Review of exploration and production technology of natural gas hydrate. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2018, 2(1): 53-62, doi: 10.26804/ager.2018.01.05.

Article Type:Invited review


Natural gas hydrate is an ice-like substance which is sometimes called “combustible ice” since it can literally be lighted on fire and burned as fuel. Natural gas hydrate is characterized by widespread distribution, large reserves and little pollution. This paper introduced the distributions of hydrate, hydrate reserves and properties of hydrate. The main exploration methods, such as geophysical exploration and geochemical exploration have been presented. In addition, the main production techniques of natural gas hydrate including depressurization, thermal stimulation and chemical injection have been summed up. Finally, the challenges and outlooks of natural gas hydrate production have been proposed.

Keywords:Gas hydrate, property of natural gas hydrate, exploration methods, production methods.


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