University of Texas GOM^2

The Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas is leading a multi-disciplinary study of methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico.  BOEM participates in an unfunded scientific advisory role for the GOM2 project.  The goals of the project are to locate, drill, and sample methane hydrate deposits through multiple expeditions, and to analyze cores acquired and preserved at in-situ pressure to evaluate methane hydrate concentration, pore-water chemistry, thermodynamic state, and the material behavior of coarse-grained hydrate reservoirs.  The first leg of GOM2 was conducted in May of 2017 in the Gulf of Mexico at Green Canyon 955, and successfully recovered multiple pressure cores from gas hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs.  More information is available at the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics.