Seeking flammable ice

Gas hydrates are a flow assurance problem in flowlines, but when found in natural accumulations in the ground, methane hydrates represent a potentially vast energy resource. For example, the US Department of Energy estimates that Alaska's North Slope may contain 590 tcf of methane in this frozen form, a much greater volume than it estimates for North Slope conventional gas resources.To test whether this methane ice is producible, DOE entered into a 2 year project with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Maurer Technology Inc., and Noble Engineering & Development. Maurer and Noble Engineering & Development are both subsidiaries of Noble Corp., Sugar Land, Tex.For the project, DOE is providing $6...

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