Dielectric method of highresolution gas hydrate estimation Academic Article uri icon


  • In-situ dielectric properties of natural gas hydrate are measured for the first time in the Mallik 5L-38 Well in the Mackenzie Delta, Canada. The average dielectric constant of the hydrate zones is 9, ranging from 5 to 20. The average resistivity is >5 ohm.m in the hydrate zones, ranging from 2 to 10 ohm.m at a 1.1 GHz dielectric tool frequency. The dielectric logs show similar trends with sonic and induction resistivity logs, but exhibits inherently higher vertical resolution (<5 cm). The average in-situ hydrate saturation in the well is about 70%, ranging from 20% to 95%. The dielectric estimates are overall in agreement with induction estimates but the induction log tends to overestimate hydrate content up to 15%. Dielectric estimates could be used as a better proxy of in-situ hydrate saturation in modeling hydrate dynamics. The fine-scale structure in hydrate zones could help reveal hydrate formation history. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

published proceedings

  • Geophysical Research Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, Y. F., & Goldberg, D.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Sun, YF||Goldberg, D

publication date

  • January 2005