Enhancement of gas hydrate formation in Gulf of Mexico sediments

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Gas hydrate induction times and formation rates in seawater-saturated sand/clay packs are catalyzed in the laboratory by a few ppm of biosurfactants. To determine if biosurfactants are indigenous to sediments near Gulf of Mexico gas-hydrates, such sediment samples were analyzed for catalytic effects on hydrate formation. This paper addresses the relationships of biosurfactants, sand, and clays with gas hydrate formation rates, induction times, and form (dispersed, nodular, stratified, massive), relating these factors to gas hydrate occurrence in GOM sediments.

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Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference

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