International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH) (6th : 2008)

HIGH CONCENTRATION HYDRATE IN DISSEMINATED FORMS OBTAINED IN SHENHU AREA, NORTH SLOPE OF SOUTH CHINA SEA Yang, Shengxiong; Zhang, Haiqi; Wu, Nengyou; Su, Xin; Schultheiss, Peter; Holland, Melanie; Zhang, Guang-Xue; Liang, Jinqiang; Lu, Jing'an; Rose, Kelly


In April-June of 2007, a gas hydrate drilling expedition was carried out by using M/V Bavenit in Shenhu Area, the north slope of South China Sea. High concentrations of hydrate (>40%) were obtained in a disseminated forms in foram-rich clay sediments at 3 selected sites. The hydrate-bearing sediments ranged several ten meters in thickness are located in the lower part of GHSZ, just above the BGHSZ, and are typically characteristic of higher sonic velocity and resistivity, and lower gamma density in wireline logging profiles. Evidences for gas hydrate include the IR cold spots and temperature anomalies, salinity and chlorite geochemical anomaly of pore water for non-pressurized cores, and X-ray imaging, high p-wave velocity and low gamma density, and high concentration of methane from the pressurized cores. Gasses are mainly methane (max. ethane 0.2-0.3%), therefore only hydrate S1 is formed. It is inferred that the foram content and other silt size grains may provide enough free water for the hydrate to happily occupy both the large spaces in the forams and for it to distribute itself evenly (disseminated) throughout the formation. It is possible that all the forams are hydrate filled. As the forams are visible does this not count for visible white gas hydrates.

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