Experimental and numerical studies on dissociation of methane hydrate by simultaneous injection of nitrogen and hot water

Yasuhide Sakamoto, Yusuke Nakano, Fuyuki Kaneko, Kengo Nakamura, Takeshi Komai

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This study aims to investigate the targeting behavior of a gas phase consisting of multicomponent and gas-water multi-phase flow assumed in an in situ low-temperature oxidation (LTO) process as an enhanced gas recovery from a methane hydrate (MH) reservoir. Experimental and numerical studies on MH dissociation in porous media by simultaneous injection of N2 and hot water were carried out. It can be confirmed based on experimental results that the equilibrium temperature as a result of the decrease of the molar fraction of methane gas (CH4 ) in the gas phase with N2 injection was maintained at a lower level so that dissociated CH4 production was completed earlier. In addition, based on the experimental observation of change of equilibrium temperature, the interfacial model of MH for the estimation of fugacity change was constructed and introduced into the numerical model. The history matching for temperature change, permeability characteristics, and CH4 production during simultaneous injection process was subsequently conducted. Through the optimization of each parameter, it was found that the calculated results could reproduce a series of behaviors quantitatively. As a result, from the view-point of the behavior of the gas phase consisting of multicomponents on MH dissociation, the validity of a numerical model developed for an in situ LTO process has been confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-198
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun


  • Dissociation
  • History matching
  • Hot water injection
  • Methane hydrate
  • Nitrogen injection
  • Numerical simula-tion
  • Porous media
  • Simultaneous injection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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