Gas Storage

Natural gas and other hydrocarbons are commonly stored underground in either depleted oil and gas formations or salt caverns to provide secure storage capacity and deliverability to market areas where production is limited or to take advantage of seasonal price swings. One of the most cost-effective ways to increase storage capacity and deliverability from these subsurface formations is to operate at higher pressure, assuming the geomechanical behavior and stress conditions of the reservoir and overburden are well characterized. GeoMechanics Technologies has developed geomechanical analysis techniques, risk analysis techniques, and design protocols to assess optimum operating pressures for gas storage facilities.

Our services include:

  • Analysis of maximum pressure limits for gas storage reservoirs
  • Analysis of stresses induced by pressure cycling during storage operations
  • Analysis of cap rock integrity above gas storage formations
Induced horizontal stress due to reservoir gas increase