OGF Article Managing the Risk of Hydrates Offers Alternative to Avoidance Strategy

Stephen Whitfield, Senior


At a presentation of the SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section, Carolyn Koh reviewed selected flow assurance presentations from the 2017 International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH9) held 25–30 June 2017 in Denver. Koh is a professor of chemical and biological engineering and director of the Center for Hydrate Research at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), which hosted the conference. The conference featured seven flow assurance sessions, including a keynote talk (“Why Not Gas Hydrates?”) in which Timothy S. Collett, head of the US Geological Survey Energy Resources Program’s gas hydrates research, addressed the geologic, engineering, and motivational issues controlling the ultimate commercial production of gas hydrates. Session topics included transportability strategies; hydrate formation, inhibition, and deposition; and field management. Koh said there were several key advancements made, the first being that risk management is now an applicable strategy in transient operations.