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Mallik 2002 Gas Hydrate Research Well Program



Mallik Drill RigIn 2002, an expanded consortium with seven international partners undertook a production research well program that included the drilling of a nearly 1200 m deep main production research well and two nearby scientific observation wells. Full-scale field experiments were conducted to monitor the physical response of the gas hydrate deposits to depressurization and thermal production stimulation. The project involved over 100 researchers, worldwide. The spud date for the first observation well was  in December, 2001 with completion of the drilling program in March 2002. A wide ranging science and engineering research program was proposed with extensive geophysics, core studies and long term monitoring of in-situ conditions. The scientific and engineering research objectives for the production research well focussed on two themes:

  1. the assessment of the production and properties of gas hydrates, and
  2. an assessment of the stability of continental gas hydrates given warming trends predicted by climate change models.

(Photo ©:Geological Survey of Canada)



North America, Canada, Northwest Territorries, District of Mackenzie, Mackenzie River Delta, Mallik



69° 27' 28'' N, 134° 39' 32'' W (Please scroll down to end of page for more information.)


Project Start and End
  • Begin of drilling December 25, 2001
  • End of drilling and testing March 12, 2002


Programs and Funding


Principal Investigators
  • Timothy S. Collett, U.S. Geological Survey at Denver
  • Takashi Uchida, Japan National Oil Corporation, Technology Research Center
  • Jörn Lauterjung, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Department 7.0, Geoservices
  • Scott R. Dallimore, Geological Survey of Canada, Terrain Sciences Division


Cooperating Principal Investigators
  • Avinash Chandra, Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Michael H. Weber, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section 2.2, Geophysical Deep Sounding
  • Tetsuo Yonezawa, Japan National Oil Corporation, Technology Research Center


Partners and Contractors



Climate Change, Deep Biosphere, Gas Hydrates, Global Environment, ICDP-2001/08, MALLIK, MALLIX0, MALLIX1, Natural Resources


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