Underground storage of oil and gas

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Authors:Bergman, S. Magnus
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Itasca Consult. Group, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Volume Title:Journal of Energy Engineering
Source:Journal of Energy Engineering, 110(3), p.181-190. Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, United States. ISSN: 0733-9402
Publication Date:1984
Note:In English. 13 refs.; illus.
Summary:The environmental and security advantages of underground storage of oil and gas are well documented. In many cases, underground storage methods such as storage in salt domes, abandoned mines, and mined rock caverns have proven to be cost effective when compared to storage in steel tanks on the surface. In good rock conditions, underground storage of large quantities of hydrocarbon products is normally less costly-up to 50-70% of the surface alternative. Under fair or weak rock conditions, economic comparisons between surface tanks and underground caverns must be evaluated on a case to case basis. The key to successful underground storage is a realistic geotechnical approach. In addition to construction cost, storage of petroleum products underground has operational advantages over similar storage above ground. These advantages include lower maintenance costs, less fire hazards, less land requirements, and a more even storage temperature.—Modified journal abstract.
Subjects:Caverns; Conservation; Construction; Economics; Engineering geology; Evaluation; Gas storage; Ground water; Mines; Oil storage; Petroleum engineering; Site exploration; Underground installations; Underground space
Record ID:1984055927
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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