Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi is holding the 11th International Workshop on Methane Hydrate Research and Development. This workshop was created so hydrate researchers and stakeholders could freely exchange information and identify research priorities in an effort to promote collaboration.

The main focus of this workshop will be:

1) Gas Hydrate Energy: exploration, production, and economics;

2) Methane and Climate Change: Arctic, Antarctic and regions in between;

3) Natural and Anthropogenic Warming Contributions to Coastal and Industrial Platform Stability;

4) Carbon dioxide injection for methane acquisition and sequestration.

The workshop will include plenary lectures, oral presentations and posters, and breakout sessions.

The 1st International Workshop on Methane Hydrate R&D was held in March 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Subsequent workshops have been held, on average, every 1.5 years in different countries including the U.S., Chile, Canada, U.K., Norway, New Zealand, Japan, and India.


The past ten workshops have been co-organized by Professors Bjørn Kvamme (University of Bergen), Tsutomu Uchida (Hokkaido University), Stephen Masutani (University of Hawaii), Dr. Norio Tenma, (AIST) and Richard Coffin (TAMU-CC). Participant countries at the conference, in addition to the U.S., typically includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, New Zealand, Japan, India and Chile, among twenty others. Previous workshops have been held in the US, Japan, India, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Scotland, and Norway.

With this strong international focus topics addressed include new energy, climate change, and coastal and industrial platform stability. This research is of special interest to Texas because of the deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that have potential to increase the world’s energy supply and contribute to long-term energy security. It is estimated that there are 7,000 trillion cubic feet of methane in the Gulf of Mexico in reservoirs near the seafloor.

The U.S. Department of Energy is currently sponsoring research on developing the tools and technologies to allow environmentally safe methane production from domestic and artic offshore hydrates.