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

STRESS AND GAS HYDRATE-FILLED FRACTURE DISTRIBUTION, KRISHNA-GODAVARI BASIN, INDIA Cook, Ann; Goldberg, David

Abstract

In this research, we study high resistivity fractures found in unconsolidated clay sediments on logging-while-drilling borehole resistivity images from Indian continental margin collected during the National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 01. These fractures, found at Sites 5, 6, 7, and 10 are likely filled with natural gas hydrate. Gas hydrate is identified on borehole logs and images as high resistivity responses without associated density increases or indications of free gas. The local state of stress at the time of fracturing can be determined by fracture orientations. In Holes 5A, 5B, 6A an 7A the gas hydrate-filled fractures have an aligned, preferred orientation likely associated with a local stress regime. At Site 10, where 130 m of gas hydrate-filled fractures were observed, fracturing is chaotic, likely due to high gas flux.

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