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Barnard A.,University of Houston-Downtown | Lyons P.C.,University of Houston-Downtown | Coutts A.,Seatronics Ltd. | Mackay E.,Seatronics Inc. An Acteon Company | And 10 more authors.
Underwater Intervention 2017 | Year: 2017

Advanced marine technology is an essential tool used for delivering answers to science-driven questions in underwater environments. Using state of the art technology outdoors encourages intrinsic motivation and provides major opportunities not possible in a laboratory. The University of Houston-Downtown is uniquely situated on the banks of the Buffallo and White Oak Bayous, in closer proximity to an aquatic environment than many world-class marine institutions. Ordinarily, marine research and education focusses on the nearest ocean, lagoon or accessible sea area. We are able to conduct hands-on marine education in a safe shore-based location that is on campus, allowing more of the total time allocated to this activity to be spent learning and operating the equipment rather than traveling. Preliminary underwater investigations of a region of White Oak Bayou that is easily accessible on the campus waterfront were completed in February of 2016 in order to create interest in exploration of natural, and human-made, structures in the local bayou. A Predator (Seatronics Inc., an Acteon company) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mounted with high-resolution Teledyne Blueview Technologies M900-130 900 kHz 2D multibeam sonar, and optical-video systems was used as a survey vehicle. Where visibility was too low to use optical imaging details of the bayou floor were recorded by the multibeam system. The acquired sonar data clearly images fish, large boulders, and several objects that could be hazardous to even shallow-draft boats and recreational water users. Moving the ROV closer to the submerged features allowed visual inspection and analysis of the video images. The students flying the ROV demonstrated our ability to map the bayou floor, evaluate its ecosystem, detect potential hazards, and identify features of interest. Our methodology, where advanced technologies are sourced from industry partners, provides a practical approach that enables high impact educational experiences for students without necessitating the development of long-term programs, thereby leveraging both valuable research funds and outreach opportunities. A central theme of this work is research experiences for students, who would learn workflows, the scale of operations, and challenges involved in exploratory research.


Sahay V.K.,MEPL | Johnson A.H.,Hydrate Energy International
Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference | Year: 2014

Gas hydrate, is an important energy resource, occurring in sediments on the continental margin of the India Ocean. Quite significant scientific and commercial interest has been generated in India with a 130 m thick gas hydrate discovery in shale in Krishna Godavari Basin. This paper presents the evaluation results of seismic, logging while drilling, and core data in the context of exploring those issues which are relevant in the commercial production of gas hydrate deposits of Krishna Godavari Basin. Apart from this, we discuss the scientific and technological issues and potentialities in commercial exploitation of Krishna Godavari gas hydrate deposits. Evaluation of logging-while-drilling (LWD) sonic log data of Krishna Godavari Basin shows an increase of relative velocity in the gas hydrate bearing zone. Apart from this, the LWD density log data also shows a relative increase of density in gas hydrate bearing zone in Krishna Godavari Basin. Increase in relative velocity and density of the zone under evaluation may be ascribed due to presence of gas hydrate (as a solid mass, increasing overall cohesiveness of hosting lithology shale, present within the depth boundary of gas hydrate stability zone). The sonic and density log validates their use as an important tool in demarcation of gas hydrate bearing zones and gas hydrate reserve estimations, calibrating and integrating with core-based gas hydrate saturation data. Evaluation of seismic sections, however, does not show the BSR (Bottom Simulating Reflector) as a full proof and conclusive proxy for the presence/ absence of gas hydrates as has been observed from the data of KG Basin. Precaution should have to be exercised while utilizing BSR, in seismic data evaluation and interpretation, in the identification of gas hydrate. Investigation and evaluation of the data of the Krishna Godavari Basin gas hydrate deposits indicate the potential for commercial production utilizing presently available knowledge of science and technology for finding viable accumulations of gas hydrates. Apart from the above discussed aspects, the paper also provides some suggestions which can be utilized and integrated with the National Gas Hydrate Program, India to resolve many issues. Copyright 2014, Offshore Technology Conference.


Max M.D.,Hydrate Energy International | Johnson A.H.,Hydrate Energy International
Society of Petroleum Engineers - Arctic Technology Conference 2012 | Year: 2012

The compact Arctic Ocean region is the last major hydrocarbon frontier area in the Northern Hemisphere and may possibly be the single richest natural gas hydrate (NGH) province on Earth. Because of the extreme weathering and erosion conditions associated with the alternating glacial and interglacial conditions, much of the sediment in accessible gas hydrate stability zones (GHSZ) may have the same well bed-differentiated, coarse grained character of excellent NGH reservoir hosts. These reservoirs are of the same type that may host conventional hydrocarbon deposits in more deeply buried sediments. Existing industry exploration techniques have been used to identify potential NGH drilling targets, and drilling in the northern Gulf of Mexico has validated the exploration technique. The Nankai deposits off SE Japan and the deposits drilled in the northern Gulf of Mexico are excellent examples of the sand-turbidite continental margin paratype. It is estimated from examples and application of NGH petroleum system analysis that over 6, 000 Tcf of natural gas in place may be present in NGH-enriched deepwater turbidite sands within deep continental shelf and slope sediments of the Arctic Ocean. In addition to deepwater turbidites, which are well known from other continental margin areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico, two other prospective zones may exist in the Arctic Ocean. Troughs, which are glacially excavated depressions that generally deepen toward the shelf margins, may host NGH in sediments that are transitional between the deepwater turbidites and continental shelf sedimentation. Concentrations of NGH may also be accessible from isolated outliers, which are upstanding continental crust fragments that are present within the Amerasia and Eurasia Basins. Copyright 2012, Offshore Technology Conference.


Max M.D.,2457 39th Place NW | Johnson A.H.,Hydrate Energy International
Petroleum Geoscience | Year: 2014

Natural gas hydrate (NGH) is a solid crystalline material composed of water and natural gas (primarily methane) that is stable under conditions of moderately high pressure and moderately low temperature found in permafrost and continental margin sediments. A NGH petroleum system is different in a number of important ways from conventional petroleum systems related to large concentrations of gas and petroleum. The critical elements of the NGH petroleum system are: (1) a gas hydrate stability zone (GHSZ) in which pressure and temperature lie within the field of hydrate stability, creating a thermodynamic trap of suitable thickness for NGH concentrations to form; (2) recent and modern gas flux into the GHSZ along migration pathways; and (3) suitable sediment host sands within the GHSZ. These elements have to be active now and in the recent geological past. Exploration in continental margin sediments includes basin analysis to identify source and host sediment likelihood and disposition, potential reservoir localization using existing seismic analysis tools for locating turbidite sands and estimating NGH saturation, and deposit characterization using drilling and logging. Drilling has validated firstorder seismic analysis techniques for identifying and quantifying NGH using rock physics mechanical models. © 2014 EAGE/The Geological Society of London.


Barnard A.,University of Houston | Sager W.W.,University of Houston | Snow J.E.,University of Houston | Max M.D.,Hydrate Energy International
Marine and Petroleum Geology | Year: 2015

We have identified and analyzed the affect of newly identified gas plumes in the water column from the Barbados Accretionary Complex. Multibeam echo soundings from cruise AT21-02 acquired using a Kongsberg EM122 system were used to define a region with several ~600-900m tall gas plumes in the water column directly above cratered hummocky regions of the sea floor having relatively high backscatter at a water depth of ~1500m. The natural gas hydrate stability zone reaches a minimum depth of ~600m in the water column, similar to that of the tallest imaged bubble plumes, which implies hydrate shells on the gas bubbles. Tilting of the plume shows current shear in the water column, with a current direction from the northwest to southeast at 128°, a direction similar to the transport direction of North Atlantic Deep Water in this region. The source of hydrocarbons, determined from existing geochemical data, suggests the gas source was subjacent marine Cretaceous source rocks. North-south trending faults, craters and mud volcanoes associated with the gas plumes point to the presence of a deep plumbing system and indicate that gas is a driver of mud volcanism in this region. The widespread occurrence of seafloor morphology related to venting indicates that subsea emissions from the Barbados Accretionary Complex are substantial. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Max M.D.,Hydrate Energy International | Johnson A.H.,Hydrate Energy International
Petroleum Geoscience | Year: 2012

Many of the original muddy marine sediments that have compacted to become gas shale could have been in a depositional environment suitable for the formation of natural gas hydrate (NGH), which concentrates gas by a factor of 164 (at STP). Dispersed biogenic NGH in fine-grained continental slope sediments today occurs in sections as thick as 250 m and contains enormous amounts of methane. Concentrated NGH can completely fill porosity in more permeable sediments. Formation of NGH in the early diagenetic history of shale gas sediments may have been the first step in the gas concentration process. NGH that formed in ancient gas shale sediments could have persisted and held the natural gas in place during lithification so long as hydrate remained stable. It is possible that the concentrated gas was held in place until the packing of the clay minerals effectively reduced permeability to a point that the gas released from naturally converting hydrate could not migrate easily. Because NGH creates open porosity upon conversion, a very large part of this gas could have been trapped in the shales before dissociation of the NGH to its component water and gas was completed. An implication for shale gas exploration is that high gas concentrations may not be confined to organic-rich shales but may also be found in any shales that once contained substantial gas hydrates. These include grey shales with lower organic content and more siliceous shales, which respond well to fracking. © 2012 EAGE/Geological Society of London.

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