Gas hydrates and shallow gas
NGU is a currently partner in CAGE – Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (www.cage.uit.no), and has previously been a partner in the GANS project. Both projects have been financed by the Norwegian Research Council and oil companies. Gas hydrates and shallow gas are also studied in several NGU projects financed by oil companies.
Knowledge of gas hydrates is important for evaluation of seabed stability and geohazards, climate evolution and the ecology of the seabed. Gas hydrates are considered as a potential future resource because of their high methane content. Shallow gas can originate from sedimentary rocks or overlying sediments. NGU has long experience in mapping of sedimentary rocks along the Norwegian coast and in fault basins in the fjords. These data are being used during hydrocarbon exploration by the oil industry.