Gas Hydrate Research studies related to drilling of a Gas Hydrate Exploration Well at Mallik L-38, Mackenzie Delta, N.W.T.
Principal Investigator: Dallimore, Scott R (17)
Licence Number: 12947
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2008 2007 2002 1998
Issued: Sep 19, 1997
Project Team: Participants from Geological Survey of Canada, US Geological Survey, Japan Petroleum Exploration Company & University groups of Canada, the US and Japan.

Objective(s): Gas hydrates are crystalline substances composed of water and gas, in which a solid water-lattice accommodates gas molecules in a cage-like, clathrate structure. Past research by the GSC has documented the widespread occurrence of gas hydrates in a variety of Arctic settings including the collection of the first gas hydrate samples form within ice-bonded permafrost from a site in the Mackenzie Delta. This research has raised a number of concerns for resource and hazard assessment and for global change studies in Arctic areas. The objectives of the present project are to improve the knowledge and understanding of the properties, stability and distribution of natural gas hydrates in permafrost areas. Research will be linked to engineering operations being conducted s part of a 1100m deep Exploration Well being drilled at Mallik L-38 a site. Field, laboratory and modeling studies will contribute to developing comprehensive geologic models that will allow assessment of the risk hydrates pose to drilling and production related activities.

Project Description: Field activities for this project will be covered under various permits being applied for the engineering operations. Scientific studies being conducted as part of this research will be mainly laboratory oriented to research on the geology, geochemistry, permafrost and gas hydrate properties of drill cores, interpretation of geophysical data and other fundamental research. The Geological Survey of Canada will supervise this research and disseminate results through various media including a CD-ROM, scientific articles and GSC Maps and other publications.