January 2004

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Salt caverns bring security, economy and capacity to LNG receiving

Combining storage and receiving offers advantages

McCall, M. M., Conversion Gas Imports, LP

Man-made salt caverns are an integral part of the US energy infrastructure. The entire strategic petroleum reserve, totaling more than 600 million barrels of crude oil, is stored in salt caverns on the Gulf Coast. In addition, there are more than 600 million barrels of hydrocarbons owned by private industry including hydrogen, natural gas, natural gas liquids, olefins, refined products and crude oil stored in salt caverns in the US and Canada. This high-deliverability storage is a critical logistical link between the natural gas, gas processing, petrochemical and refining industries. Salt cavern storage is a technology that is well known, well developed, very acceptable to the com

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