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Summary for Field Activity Number 1998-061-FA

Alternate Leg ID: MALLIK 2L-38

Area of Operations: Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada, North America

Dates: February 01, 1998 to Mar 31, 1998

Objectives: Two fundamental objectives were established for the Mallik 2L-38 research-well program. The Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC), the Japan Petroleum Exploration Company (JAPEX) and other participating organizations from Japan sought to undertake a variety of verification studies in preparation for exploration drilling (in 1999) of gas hydrate deposits in the Nankai Trough, offshore Japan's eastern coast. These included the evaluation of technologies related to gas hydrate drilling, geophysics, casing, and production of an onshore site with known gas hydrate occurrences. In additon, a long-standing interest in gas hydrate occurrences in permafrost settings led the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to propose a comprehensive science program to quantify the geological, geophysical, geochemical, and engineering properites of an arctic gas hydrate occurrence. Following a long review process, a site for the gas hydrate research well was selected near Imperial Oil Mallik L-38, an existing industry exploration well drilled in 1972.

Type of Activity: Coring

Information to be derived: Morphology

Summary: Gas hydrate well: 1150m; CoreDrill: 10; Conventional: 2; PTCS: 2.

USGS Project Number: MALLIK

Contact: Bill Winters (

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