17 April, 2019 Auckland Auckland New Zealand

Gas Hydrates – From Potential Geohazard to Carbon-Efficient Fuel?

15-17 April 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
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Natural gas hydrates have been studied extensively in the past three decades broadly, because they may constitute a geohazard, become an energy resource, and play a role in climate change. While the latter is the topic of significant blue-sky research, the petroleum industry is largely focussing on possible hazards to offshore installation from gas hydrates. Government-led research meanwhile is investigating the potential of hydrates as an energy source.

Significant progress has been made in last decade with gas hydrate exploration and the development of geotechnical models of hydrate-bearing sediments. Furthermore, several field tests have demonstrated that gas production from hydrates is technically feasible. We have now reached the point at which we are facing a number of practical challenges associated with gas hydrates. These range from issues related to gas production from hydrates, such as sand flow and seafloor subsidence, to challenges for production of hydrocarbons through hydrate-bearing sediments, such as wellbore stability and seal capacity of hydrates. Furthermore, new production methods are being developed that involve CO2 sequestration, making gas hydrate potentially a net-carbon-efficient energy resource. This workshop aims at capturing the current state of research into gas hydrates and at projecting a way forward for mitigation of this potential geohazard and extraction of hydrates as possible low-carbon energy resource.

The workshop will commence on 15 April with an evening Icebreaker and continue on 16 and 17 April with latest developments in exploration methods as well as lessons learnt from gas hydrate production tests. Geomechanical models and results from laboratory experiments will focus on hazards from gas hydrates to offshore installations. Finally, novel production methods, in particular involving CO2 sequestration, will be introduced in order to assess the possible role of gas hydrates as an energy source in a carbon-constrained future.

Who should Attend
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Geochemists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Academic and Government Researchers

This program is preliminary. The Technical Committee has the prerogative to make changes deemed necessary. Sequence of program may change. * denotes presenter


Decima Glenn Room, Level 3 – UoA Business School
Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
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Guest Room Accommodation

We have arranged discount accommodation rates from four hotels close to the GTW venue - The University of Auckland.

Bookings are made directly with the hotels. Delegates are free to chose their accommodation.

Cordis Hotel Auckland

Copthorne Auckland
150 Anzac Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Book Accommodations at Copthorne Hotel

Located close to Auckland’s scenic harbour, the Copthorne Hotel is a 4-star property offering spacious guest accommodation and great views over the city and the water. The hotel is 8 minutes’ walk to the University of Auckland and within easy walking distance of Queen Street and Auckland CBD.

Quadrant Hotel Auckland

Quadrant Auckland
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Please book directly for corporate rates:
Phone: 0800666611 or 09 9846010 | Email:

Cordis Hotel Auckland

Cordis Auckland
83 Symonds Street, Auckland City 1010, New Zealand

Book Accommodations at Cordis Hotel

Cordis, Auckland is for guests on the go, who appreciate heartfelt service and engaging experiences. Ideal for executives and conference delegates, we are devoted to making your stay just right with our plush dream beds, working desk and free WIFI. Located at 83 Symonds Street, Cordis, Auckland provides easy access to The University of Auckland, Queen Street and the lively uptown area of K Road. Our spacious contemporary restaurant Eight, opens up a world of international flavours for foodies with Eight interactive kitchens, each hosted by an expert chef.

After your busy day, our stunning heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi beckons, book in for one of our relaxing facials and massages at Chuan Spa. we are devoted to making your stay just right.

Pullman Hotel Auckland

Pullman Auckland
Corner of Princes St & Waterloo Quandrant, Auckland City 1143, New Zealand

Book Accommodations at Pullman Hotel

As the new leading upscale European brand, Pullman Auckland envisions a new type of exclusive hospitality, boasting a contemporary edge with a sense of style.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Auckland City, so you're in the perfect location to get around. We're only a short walk to Albert Park and The University Of Auckland.


Please Note: All payments charged in U.S. Dollars. Full payment must be made for your registration to be processed. Changes, cancellations and refunds gladly accepted until 16 February 2019. If you have questions or concerns regarding your registration, please contact Adrienne Pereira at

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**1 Presenter
Special rate applies only to 1 Presenting Author per Oral/Poster

***PhD Students
Max 10; first-come-first-served; preference to Authors. Please submit registration form found in right bar.

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