Heriot-Watt University at the 8th International Conference on Gas Hydrates

From left: Maria Llamedo (PhD candidate, currently with PDVSA, Venezuela), Prof. Bahman Tohidi, Dr Antonin Chapoy, Dr Jinhai Yang, PhD students Foroogh Tohidi and Anthony Okwananke

Heriot-Watt University's Centre for Gas Hydrate Research fielded a strong presence at the The 8th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH8), delivering five oral presentations and 17 poster presentations.

Heriot-Watt's accepted contributions to ICGH8 were the second largest worldwide. The innovative and advanced research we are doing is of global relevance and importance.

Prof. Bahman Tohidi, Director, Centre for Gas Hydrate Research

ICGH8 was held 28 July-1 August 2014 in Beijing, China.

Some of the positive outcomes from attending ICGH8 were:

  • show-casing the activities at Heriot-Watt;
  • confidence in presenting research for PhD students;
  • meeting other students;
  • making new contacts; and
  • opening new research collaborations opportunities.

The Conference theme was 'Opportunity and Challenge-Development and Utilization of Gas Hydrates', which covered all facets of gas hydrate, including fundamentals, natural systems, energy, environmental impacts, and flow assurance. It demonstrated how gas hydrate knowledge and applications contribute directly to meeting societal and industrial needs through innovation in energy and safety-based industries.

Gas hydrate research

Gas hydrate research betters our understanding of avoiding gas hydrate problems in oil and gas production, potential benefit of huge low carbon fuel (i.e. methane hydrates in seabed sediments and permafrost), and mitigation of climate change and geo-hazards.

Prof. Bahman Tohidi was a member of the International Scientific Committee, he said "Heriot-Watt's accepted contributions to the ICGH8 were the second largest worldwide. The innovative and advanced research we are doing is of global relevance and importance."

Oral presentations

  1. The return of Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitors (Prof. Bahman Tohidi)
  2. Hydrate and Phase Behaviour Modelling in CO2-Rich Pipelines (Dr Antonin Chapoy)
  3. Development of Hydrate Monitoring and Early Detection Techniques (Dr Jinhai Yang)
  4. Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitor Removal from Produced Waters by Solvent Extraction (Ms Foroogh Tohidi)
  5. Field Test Results of Monitoring Hydrates Formation by Gas Composition Changes During Gas/Condensate Production With AA-LDHI (Prof. Bahman Tohidi)

About the Conference

The ICGH is held every three years in a different country. It brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers with a common interest in gas hydrates.

The 2011 ICGH7 was successfully organised by Prof. Tohidi's research team and was held in the prestigious Edinburgh Exhibition and Conference Centre.

ICGH9 is scheduled for summer 2017 and will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA.