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5 Conclusions and Recommendations
Pages 133-138

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From page 133...
... The accomplishments in the past 5 years of this Program, as well as of current programs in the national and international research community, provide increasing confidence from a technical standpoint that some commercial production of methane from methane hydrate in the United States could be achieved before 2025, contingent upon favorable regulatory conditions and market economics which the current study has not addressed in any detail. Although this production goal remains challenging, the committee believes it can be achieved through the provisions of the Program and the cooperation of the energy industry.
From page 134...
... Production tests should establish initial conditions, monitor • changes during production, and determine formation response after testing by using repeated geophysical surveys; in situ forma tion temperature, pressure, and geomechanical measurements; and 1
From page 135...
... • Because of the complex nature and expense of carrying out a large field program, sound research management practices should in clude a staged approach with open and comprehensive reviews of site survey data; completion, production, and monitoring design; risk assessments; and mitigation strategies. Research Directions Research that couples carbon dioxide sequestration and the • production of methane from methane hydrate should be encouraged.
From page 136...
... However, substantial challenges remain to quantify the in-place hydrate characteristics and the associated sediment conditions that would be necessary for economic development of methane hydrate accumulations. Further research is required to improve the accuracy, resolution, and reliability of methane hydrate assessments, particularly for those assessments related to economic methane production.
From page 137...
... in the sub sequent fate of the released methane. These studies should focus on degassing processes and potentially enhanced environmental impacts from commercial production of methane from methane hydrate and from methane hydrate associated with other oil and gas developments.
From page 138...
... However, the procedures are not uniformly applied, especially to the major field activities where expert knowledge and close attention to the scientific goals will be required as the projects proceed and evolve. A more comprehensive and frequent peer and expert review process of major field programs is recommended.

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