--> Abstract: Gas Hydrates Up-Streaming, by Mishra, Shubham; #90163 (2013)

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Gas Hydrates Up-Streaming

Mishra, Shubham

The major problem with Gas Hydrate extraction is to effectively extract the gas from reserves scattered over the sea floor, because:

Trying to extract the entire reserve by placing the rig at a single position and spreading inhibitors over the reserve, to dissociate the cage of water molecules, inside which the gas molecule exists, will cause the release of methane into marine environment, as we'll not be able to collect it all from a single pipe, which is no less than a disaster for the marine environment.

Or else we'll have to shift the rig at different positions as and when we finish up with the reserves of a particular area, which is practically impossible.

So, in this paper, we are presenting a novel extraction method for Gas Hydrate Reserves present on the sea-floor.


The vertical pipe will be at the centre of the reserve. The idea is to move the inclined pipe in a circle, by the motor attached with the first joint, and collect the entire gas reserve lying over the circumference of that circle.

Once a circle's reserve is exploited, we can increase the length of the pipe by unfolding it (the folding mechanism, same as used in a telescope), and exploit the reserve lying on the new circle and so on.

The second joint will also rotate at its position, to ensure maximum gas collection.

The Assembly:
The free end of the second joint will have a suction rubber that will stick up to the Gas Hydrate so as to increase the efficiency of gas collection.

A narrow pipe from the rig will deliver the inhibitor to reserve so as to break the cage of water molecules.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90163©2013AAPG 2013 Annual Convention and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 19-22, 2013