The Potential of Natural Gas in Alaskan Arctic

  • G. D. Sharma
  • V. A. Kamath
  • S. L. Patil

Abstract

The proven reserves of natural gas in northern Alaska are estimated to be 47 trillion standard cubic feet (TSCF) and represent approximately 25% of the total U.S. reserves. The undiscovered recoverable conventional natural gas resources are estimated to 89 TSCF and additional 500 TSCF are deposited as unconventional gas hydrates. The hydrates are mostly found along the North Slope and adjacent shelf.

Keywords

North Slope Proven Reserve Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Miscible Flood National Petroleum Reserve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. D. Sharma
    • 1
  • V. A. Kamath
    • 1
  • S. L. Patil
    • 1
  1. 1.Petroleum Development LaboratoryUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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