SEISMIC DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF GAS HYDRATES IN ALAMINOS CANYON, GULF OF MEXICO Dai, Jianchun; Banik, Niranjan; Shelander, Dianna; Bunge, George; Dutta, Nader
In this paper, we present the results of our recent study of quantitative estimation of gas hydrates in Alaminos Canyon block 818, Gulf of Mexico. The study was conducted as a part of the JIP Gulf of Mexico gas hydrates project. Sizable high concentration gas hydrates zones were detected as a result of the study, with hydrates saturation as high as 80% of the pore space. Comparison of the seismic prediction with estimation from one available shallow well shows high level of consistency, adding further to the reliability of the seismic prediction. Based on our findings, multiple wells are planned for drilling through the high concentration anomaly zones by JIP in the summer of 2008. The confirmation of our prediction through drilling will lead to the discovery of the first major gas hydrate accumulation in the Gulf of Mexico.
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