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Title: Application Of Rock Mechanics To The Underground Storage Of Natural Gas
Author: H. Reginald Hardy, Jr.
Source: American Gas Association 1970
Year Published: 1970
Abstract: As the demand for natural gas increases, the necessity of storing larger and larger volumes of gas underground during periods of low demand has increased markedly. For example, Table 1 (Grow, 1970) lists the comparative increase in a number of underground storage parameters during the period 1959-1969. Each year there has been a continuing increase in most of these parameters and indications suggest that this trend will continue. If pipeline capacities remain fixed and demands continue to increase, only two alternatives are available: development of additional storage capacity or more efficient utilization of existing storage reservoirs. From an economics point-of-view the latter alternative is certainly the most desirable.