BOEMRE releases report on deepwater gulf gas hydrate finding methods

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, July 5 -- Multicomponent seismic data could be more useful than traditional seismic methods in locating natural gas hydrates in deepwater environments, a study funded by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement concluded. The study by Louisiana State University’s Coastal Studies Institute suggested that new technologies using four-component, ocean bottom cable to acquire multicomponent seismic data have shown promise in locating such gas hydrate deposits, BOEMRE said on July 5.

The study also offered an unparalleled research opportunity to employ the new data set collected from a large area of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s upper continental slope to provide a new enhanced imaging capability for the area, the US Department of the Interior agency added.

BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich said the study is critical in finding the most effective way to reach northern gulf gas hydrate deposits for future energy production. “Finding the best and most effective way to gather essential data on these deposits will improve our ability to conduct better resource evaluations of methane hydrates,” he observed.

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