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Atkins enables safe underground gas storage

Atkins has wide experience in geology, engineering and planning and has subsequently been involved in the development of most UK gas storage facilities. Atkins is currently busy helping the industry design safe facilities and win development permits.

The UK's increasing dependence on imported gas means more storage facilities will be needed to avert the problems of fluctuating supply, so the government is encouraging oil and gas operators to invest in storage schemes.

Underground facilities - both onshore and offshore - will be key because of their huge capacity. Salt caverns and depleted oil and gas fields can store many times the volumes of conventional tank farms, and with less risk.

However, operators are finding vociferous opposition to their proposals. Often this is because the public has insufficient information about the safety of gas containment. There is a perception that gas can leak anywhere - and indeed rock formations that are very tight or have naturally held gas for millions of years can still leak if not properly operated.

But with the right geological assessment and engineering design safe storage can be achieved.

Most recently we have been appointed to carry out detailed risk assessments at two onshore oilfield sites in England, one already in use for gas storage and the other at the planning stage.

Our teams are undertaking geo-mechanical analysis of the reservoir rocks, overall geological review of the cap rocks, trap structures and possible migration paths, and assessment of the construction and operating procedures.

As part of our wider design and planning service, this type of work will help the UK energy industry minimise the effects of price - and politics - in overseas gas supplies.

Key Expert: Garth Raybould, Associate, Environmental Management & Remediation, Warrington, ATKINS, 01925 238076, garth.raybould@atkinsglobal.com

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