- Canada leads research towards a cleaner energy option for the
Scott R. Dallimore, Geological Survey of Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Gas hydrates are a novel solid form of natural gas found
at cold temperature and high pressure beneath permafrost and
on coastal seafloors. Worldwide, gas hydrates represent a
huge reservoir of natural gas, possibly containing more than
twice the amount of energy found in all other remaining hydrocarbon
sources including conventional natural gas, coal, oil and
oil sands. Hydrates may also have played a critical role in
past global climate change. Extraction will be challenging,
but if suitable and safe technologies can be developed, gas
hydrates could greatly increase Canadian and global energy
reserves, and create a more environmentally friendly fuel
Canadian scientists and engineers from government, academia
and industry are global leaders in many areas of gas hydrate
research. Scott Dallimore will present a snapshot of the rapidly
evolving field, highlighting recent Arctic and marine field
studies, including the world’s first experimental production
from gas hydrates. The $30 million Mallik well project, which
he leads, involves more than 150 scientists from 7 countries.
The project received the 2003 Public Service Award of Excellence.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2004 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, OTTAWA
COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators
and Parliamentary Press Gallery members. All others - $10.
PRE-REGISTRATION by Friday, February 6th is required.
Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator,
tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.