A major factor affecting the hydrate formation and that of gas dissociation is the variation of permeability of the porous media in the presence of gas hydrates. In the absence of reliable experimental data, theoretical and empirical models have been proposed to establish the relationship between gas hydrate saturation and permeability. The effectiveness of a particular permeability model in fitting the measured data has largely been qualitative through graphical analysis. In contrast, this paper introduces a quantitative performance measure to evaluate the effectiveness of a specific model in predicting the measured permeability. Secondly, a novel hybrid model based on the weighted combination of pore-filling and grain coating model is proposed. Permeability measurements from laboratory and field data were used to assess the prediction performance of various permeability models and the proposed hybrid model.

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