GAS HYDRATES - 1: Lab work clarifies gas hydrate formation, dissociation

Experiments show that ensuring oil and gas production under certain pressures and temperatures requires a thorough understanding of the effects of inhibitors on gas hydrate formation and dissociation.Without this understanding, production costs can become excessive either because of flow blockage or the use of unnecessary amounts of inhibitors.This first article in a two-part series covers some aspects of hydrates; the concluding part will illustrate the morphology and kinetics of hydrates formed in the laboratory using various mixtures.Although theory can help one to understand some aspects of gas hydrates, we need to emphasize that the formation and dissociation of gas hydrates is a com...

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