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Method and apparatus for recovering a gas from a gas hydrate located on the ocean floor

United States Patent

October 9, 2001
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A method and apparatus for recovering a gas from a gas hydrate on the ocean floor includes a flexible cover, a plurality of steerable base members secured to the cover, and a steerable mining module. A suitable source for inflating the cover over the gas hydrate deposit is provided. The mining module, positioned on the gas hydrate deposit, is preferably connected to the cover by a control cable. A gas retrieval conduit or hose extends upwardly from the cover to be connected to a support ship on the ocean surface.
Wyatt; Douglas E. (Aiken, SC)
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
09/ 571,401
May 15, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under contract No. DE-AC09-96SR18500 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.