Solution-Mined Salt Cavern Storage of Fluid Hydrocarbons

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 797, 1978

L. T. Pasiechnyk, Project Engineer, Western Underground Contractors Ltd., Calgary, Alberta

After a brief review of the various hydrocarbon storage methods currently being utilized and statistics on underground hydrocarbon storage, this paper will briefly describe the technology involved in solution mining salt to create caverns of engineered shape and size and briefly discuss the economical and environmental advantages of hydrocarbon storage in solution-mined salt caverns. Other possible uses of salt caverns will be mentioned.
Keywords: Solution mining, Salt caverns, Cavern storage, Underground storage, Storage, Hydrocarbons, Drilling.