SALT CAVERN STORAGE
Atlas BA Consulting Engineering Inc is one of the few EPCM that has extensive experience with Underground Salt Caverns. Salt caverns are large vessels created underground by solution mining techniques.
Salt caverns can typically store upwards of 600,000 barrels of hydrocarbon product two kilometers below the surface.
Salt caverns are developed by washing out rock salt formation with pure river water. While wash water is being sent down into the cavern, unsaturated brine from the cavern is sent to disposal well(s) or existing brine system.
Once a salt cavern is developed it can be used to store hydrocarbon product. Product can be injected to the cavern from injection pumps and rejected from the cavern through displacement using brine to displace the product.
Atlas has been involved with Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Detailed Design, HAZOP studies through to construction turnover for salt cavern storage facilities involved in the wash and production phase of the salt caverns.