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01/28/2014

Moridis on U.S. Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

Source:  Dan Hawkes

Moridis_onlyESD’s George Moridis was recently (December 2013) appointed by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to serve a two-year term on the Energy Department’s Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee. The Committee offers advice and recommendations to the Energy Department on programmatic and scientific priorities for the U.S.  Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program.

This program has ambitious near-term goals. As stated in Moridis’s appointment letter, the program is authorized to continue to develop the knowledge and technology necessary to enable the production of methane from hydrate by 2015 in the Arctic and by 2020 in the offshore, “while ensuring the protection of the environment and the safety of operations in areas containing hydrate.”

Moridis, who at present heads the LBNL-ESD Hydrocarbon Resources Program, will provide “expert advice in the area of numerical simulation and modeling of hydrate systems to the Committee.”

Congratulations, George!