Postgraduate course

Fundamentals of Natural Gas Hydrates and Practical Implications

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codePTEK232
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives a fundamental overview of natural gas hydrates with special emphasis on structures and corresponding implications for thermodynamic stability under different thermodynamic conditions and different coexisting phases. Modern theories for the kinetics of hydrate formation and dissociation is discussed and exemplified by means of computer simulations. Implication of thermodynamic stability and kinetics of hydrate formation on process design and strategies for hydrate prevention is discussed. Hydrate reservoirs and strategies for exploitation of these is another issue the course discusses.

Learning Outcomes

The main goal of the course is to give the students a fundamental understanding of natural gas hydrates and corresponding implications with respect to thermodynamic stability as well as initiation of hydrate and corresponding strategies for hydrate prevention with respect to design of process equipment and addition of chemicals.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PTEK231 Oil and Gas Processing or equivalent..

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written exam. The exam can be oral, depending on the number of students. Examination support materials: Non-programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.