The JAPEX/JNOC/GSC Mallik 2L-38 gas hydrate research well was drilled to a depth of 1150 m in the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada, in February and March, 1998. A highlight of the project was the successful retrieval of natural gas hydrate samples in a variety of sediments. A summary is presented of research conducted by the Japanese research consortium led by the Japan National Oil Corporation with participation by ten Japanese companies and institutes. Fingerprints of the gas hydrate crystal structure and the molar ratio of water to guest-gas molecules occupying lattice sites are described for gas-hydrate-bearing samples as obtained by NMR and Raman spectroscopy. X-Ray CT imagery is used to describe the texture and gas hydrate/sediment characteristics of recovered samples during controlled dissociation testing. In addition, inorganic and organic chemical, thermal geophysical, and physical properties are described for key core horizons. Results are also presented documenting the rate of gas hydrate dissociation in drilling fluids with different chemistry including lecithin.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Canada|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2003|