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Planning and operations of the Hydrate 01 Stratigraphic Test Well, Prudhoe Bay Unit, Alaska North Slope

March 1, 2022

The National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, and the U.S. Geological Survey are leading an effort to conduct an extended gas hydrate production test in northern Alaska. The proposed production test required the drilling of an initial stratigraphic test well (STW) to confirm the geologic conditions of the proposed test site. This well was completed in January 2019 in cooperation with the Prudhoe Bay Unit Working Interest Owners. The Prudhoe Bay Unit Hydrate-01 STW was spudded on 10-December-2018. Downhole data acquisition was completed on 25-December-2018, and the rig was released on 01-January-2019. The Hydrate-01 STW was drilled in two sections, including the surface hole that was drilled to a depth of 2248 ft measured depth (MD) (685 m MD) and cased, and the production hole section that was drilled to a depth of 3558 ft MD (1084 m MD) and also cased. A thermally chilled mineral-oil-based mud was used in the main (production) hole section of the well to maintain wellbore stability and quality of the wellbore acquired data. The primary wellbore data were acquired using logging-while-drilling tools. A sidewall pressure core system was also deployed to gather grain size and other data needed for the design of the future production test wells. In addition to confirming the geologic conditions at the test site, the Hydrate-01 STW was designed to serve as a monitoring well during future field operations. Therefore, two sets of fiber-optic cables, each including a bundled distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) and a distributed temperature sensor (DTS), were clamped to the outside of the production casing and cemented in place. In March 2019, the project team acquired three-dimensional (3D) DAS vertical seismic profiling data in the Hydrate-01 STW. Temperature surveys were also acquired with the DTS as deployed in the Hydrate-01 STW during the completion of the well and nearly continuously since March-2019.

Publication Year 2022
Title Planning and operations of the Hydrate 01 Stratigraphic Test Well, Prudhoe Bay Unit, Alaska North Slope
DOI 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c04087
Authors Timothy S. Collett, Margarita V. Zyrianova, Norihiro Okinaka, Motoi Wakatsuki, Ray Boswell, Scott Marsteller, David Minge, Stephen Crumley, David Itter, Robert D. Hunter, Ana Garcia-Ceballos, Ge Jin
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Energy and Fuels
Index ID 70251257
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Energy Resources Science Center; Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center