The relations between natural gas hydrate distribution and structure on Muli basin Qinghai province

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Changqing Yu1, Yonghong Li2, Zhenquan Lu3, Su Luo4, Chen Qu1, Shunjia Tan5 and Pingchuan Zhang6, (1)CAGS Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China, (2)The 105 CoalTeam, Qinghai, China, (3)Oil & Gas Survey, CAGS, Beijing, China, (4)Chinese academy of Geologrical Science, Beijing, China, (5)East China Institute of Technology, Nanchang, China, (6)Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China
The Muli area is located in a depression area which between middle Qilian and south Qilian tectonic elements. The natural gas hydrate stratum belongs the Jurassic series coal formation stratum, the main lithological character clamps the purple mudstone, the siltstone, the fine grain sandstone and the black charcoal mudstone for the green gray. The plutonic metamorphism is primarily deterioration function of the Muli area coal, is advantageous in forming the coal-bed gas. Cretaceous system, the Paleogene System and Neogene System mainly include the fine grain red clastic rock and clay stone. The distribution of Quaternary is widespread. The ice water - proluvial and glacier deposit are primarily depositional mode. The Qilian Montanan Muli permafrost area has the good gas source condition (Youhai Zhu 2006) and rich water resources. It is advantage to forming the natural gas hydrate.

The natural gas hydrate is one kind of new latent energy, widely distributes in the mainland marginal sea bottom settlings and land permanent tundra. Through researching the area the structure ,the deposition carries on the analysis and responds the characteristic analysis simulation in the rock physics analysis and the seismic in the foundation, and then the reflected seismic data carried by tectonic analysis processing and the AVO characteristic analysis processing reveal that the research area existence natural gas hydrate (already by drilling confirmation) and the natural gas hydrate distribution and the structure relations is extremely close. In the structure development area, the fault and the crevasse crack growing, the natural gas hydrate distribution characteristic is obvious (this is also confirmed the storing space of natural gas hydrate in this area is mainly crevasse crack). This conclusion also agree with the actual drilling result.

The research prove that the distribution of natural gas hydrate in this area is mainly controlled by structure control. The possibility of fault growing area existence natural gas hydrate is better. There is its main storing space. The seismic reflection can be used in surveying the frozen earth area natural gas hydrate, especially in the tectonic analysis, the lothological analysis and the hydrate anomaly distributes forecast.